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Urban Greening and Human-Wildlife Relations in Philadelphia: From Animal Control to Multispecies Coexistence?

Christian Hunold

Environmental Values 29 (2020): 67-87. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15678473650901

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ABSTRACT

City-scale urban greening is expanding wildlife habitat in previously less hospitable urban areas. Does this transformation also prompt a reckoning with the longstanding idea that cities are places intended to satisfy primarily human needs? I pose this question in the context of one of North America's most ambitious green infrastructure programmes to manage urban runoff: Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters. Given that the city's green infrastructure plans have little to say about wildlife, I investigate how wild animals fit into urban greening professionals' conceptions of the urban. I argue that practitioners relate to urban wildlife via three distinctive frames: 1) animal control, 2) public health and 3) biodiversity, and explore the implications of each for peaceful human-wildlife coexistence in 'greened' cities.


KEYWORDS

Urban greening, green infrastructure, urban wildlife, human-wildlife relations, urban conservation

REFERENCES to other Environmental Values articles

'Nature and I are Two': A Critical Examination of the Biophilia Hypothesis. Yannick Joye and Andreas de Block

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Editorial: The Ethics of Human Intervention on Behalf of 'Others'. Claudia Carter


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