The Ecological City: Introduction and Overview / Rutherford H. Platt ---- I. Perspectives on Nature in Cities. From Commons to Commons: Evolving Concepts of Open Space in North American Cities / Rutherford H. Platt --- Design with City Nature: An Overview of Some Issues / Michael Hough --- Sustainability in Urban Ecosystems: Beyond an Object of Study / Orie L. Loucks ---- II. Urbanization and Riparian/Aquatic Ecosystems. Sustainability of Urban Wetlands / Marjorie M. Holland and Raymond W. Prach --- The Des Plaines River Wetlands Demonstration Project: Restoring an Urban Wetland / Donald L. Hey --- Lake Tahoe: A Microcosm for the Study of the Impact of Urbanization on Fragile Ecosystems / Charles R. Goldman --- Wetlands in the Urban Landscape of the United States / James A. Schmid ---- III. Urbanization and Terrestrial Ecosyetems. The Deep Significance of Urban Trees and Forests / John F. Dwyer, Herbert W. Schroeder and Paul H. Gobster --- Cooling Urban Heat Islands with Sustainable Landscapes / E. Gregory McPherson --- Wildflower Meadows as Sustainable Landscapes / Jack Ahern and Jestena Boughton --- The Indiana Dunes: Applications of Landscape Ecology to Urban Park Management / Richard Whitman, Daniel B. Fagre, Noel B. Pavlovic and Kenneth L. Cole --- Rethinking the Urban Park: Rediscovering Urban Solutions / Annaliese Bischoff ---- IV. Collaborative Efforts. The Greening of Federal Flood-Control Policies: The Wildcat-San Pablo Creeks Case / Ann L. Riley --- Reconciling Urban Growth and Endangered Species: The Coachella Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Timothy Beatley --- The Metropolitan Portland Urban Natural Resource Program / Joseph Poracsky and Michael C. Houck --- Ecology Education for City Children / Karen S. Hollweg ---- Conclusion: Crosscutting Themes and Recommendations / Rutherford H. Platt. Interdisciplinary in content as well as approach, this collection of original essays takes a fresh look at the ecology of urban communities. Written by experts from a variety of professions―academic researchers, private and public program managers, and citizen activists―the book explores issues of geography, ecology, landscape architecture, urban forestry, law, and environmental education. Contributions include broad overviews of common problems a well as detailed case studies of specific programs.