Elisabeth M. Hamin



Assessing Sustainability: A Guide for Local Governments

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Wayne Feiden with Elisabeth M. Hamin

Chicago: The American Planning Association (2011)



Preserving and Enhancing Communities: A Guide for Citizens, Planners, and Government Officials.

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Edited By Elisabeth M. Hamin, Priscilla Geigis, and Linda Silka

University of Massachusetts Press (2007)

This edited volume provides a complete, thorough, and accessible introduction to community planning for members of planning and other regulatory boards, for students, and for planners and policymakers. Each chapter provides an introduction to the social and ecological principles of the built environment, and explains ways to realize smart growth in local settings. The book's focus is how to achieve better communities through the every day functioning of local governments and the volunteers who staff the local boards.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Editors' Introduction: Preserving and Enhancing Communities, by Elisabeth M. Hamin, Linda Silka and Priscilla Geigis

Section I: Gathering Perspectives and Getting Involved

Chapter 1: Getting Involved: Local Leaders in the Process, by Elisabeth M. Hamin and Jeffrey Levine

Chapter 2: Building Consensus: Coalitions for Policy Change, by Kathryn Leahy and Andrea Cooper

Chapter 3: Diversity: Multiple Cultures Forming One Community, by Linda Silka and Veronica Eady

Chapter 4: Thinking Like a Developer: Partners, Adversaries or Competitors?, by Robert H. Kuehn, Jr.

Section II: Developing a Vision

Chapter 5: Comprehensive Planning: Bringing It All Together, by Steve Smith, Kurt Gaertner and Glenn Garber,

Chapter 6: Creative Zoning: Putting the Teeth in Your Planning, by Jay Wickersham, Jack Wiggin and Glenn Garber

Chapter 7: Current and Future Land Use: GIS Applied, by Jane Pfister, John Hultgren, Christian Jacqz, and Richard Taupier

Section III: Preserving Natural Resources

Chapter 8: Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Protection, by Sharon McGregor and Jack Ahern

Chapter 9: Watershed Planning: Securing Our Water Future, by Mark P. Smith, Brian Howes and Joan Kimball

Chapter 10. Natural Land: Preserving and Funding Open Space, by Robert L. Ryan and Arthur P. Bergeron, Esq.

Section IV: Enhancing Community Strengths

Chapter 11: Transportation: Linking Land Use and Mobility, By Jeffrey Levine

Chapter 12: Housing and Community Preservation: A Home for All, by Toni Coyne Hall and Linda Silka

Chapter 13: The New Economy : Thriving Amidst Change, by Zenia Kotval and John R. Mullin

Section V: Keeping the Best

Chapter 14: Brownfields Redevelopment: Reconnecting Economy, Ecology and Equity, by Veronica Eady

Chapter 15: Adaptive Reuse of Buildings: If It Is Already Built Will They Come?, by Robert Forrant

Chapter 16: Historic Landscape Preservation: Saving Community Character, by Annaliese Bischoff

Chapter 17: Community Preservation: Residents, Municipalities and the State Collaborating for Smarter Growth, by Priscilla Geigis, Linda Silka and Elisabeth M. Hamin

Appendix A: Indicators of Community Preservation, by Elisabeth M. Hamin

Contributor Biographies


Mojave Lands: Interpretive Planning and the National Preserve

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Elisabeth M. Hamin

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003

Editorial Reviews

"This is a rich and rewarding book about a deeply divisive issue. I am very impressed by the extent to which Hamin interviewed key participants and let them speak for themselves. It is an important contribution to the environmental planning and land use literature."--James A. Throgmorton, University of Iowa

"Hamin's narrative approach brings the human concerns of environmental conservation to the fore. Mojave Lands makes a compelling and original contribution to environmental planning theory and practice."--Frederick Steiner, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin

Book Description

Controversy inevitably accompanies attempts at land protection, even in cases of large, uninhabited, economically marginal locations. In 1994, for example, the California Desert Protection Act created the Mojave National Preserve, the third largest national park in the lower forty-eight states. The act transferred three million acres of southern California desert from the Bureau of Land Management to the National Park Service. As a result, explains Elisabeth M. Hamin, the National Park Service became a multiple-use manager, balancing its official mission of environmental protection with oversight of such activities as hunting, ranching, and mining.

In Mojave Lands: Interpretive Planning and the National Preserve , Hamin explains how this new role came about. Drawing on interviews with people on various sides of the issue -- from mining lobbyists to local ecotourism operators, legislators to gun advocates -- she shows how the differing parties argued and compromised over land protection. From their success, Hamin derives lessons for reimagining national parks to achieve broadly shared goals.

Introducing the concept of "interpretive planning" -- a method that takes into account conflicting views of all interested parties -- she offers explicit steps for the planner and policy analyst to use. This book will appeal to scholars and students in environmental studies, planning and landscape architecture and history, as well as professionals in planning, resource management, the National Park Service, and related conservation organizations, public and private.

Other reviews of Mojave Lands:

Book Review by Gerald Hillier, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Mar 2005; vol 24: pages 342 - 343.

Book Review by Laura R. Musacchio, Landscape Journal 24:1–05, pages 100-101.

Book Review by Timothy P. Duane, Journal of the American Planning Association , Summer 2005, Vol. 71 Issue 3, p346-346.








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