Nearby Nature in North City St. Louis: Black Residents, Nature, and Contested Green Space

The predominantly black residents of North City St. Louis live in neighborhoods where green spaces have been shaped by two legacies: formal green spaces associated with parks, cemeteries, and private streets that reflect the goals of pre-World War II city leaders, business people, planners, and residents; and informal green spaces created by urban renewal, population declines, and home abandonment since the 1950s.

Dr. Nilon looks at how the North Riverfront Trail and the Green City Coalition have sought to engage North City residents in conservation projects focused on green spaces.

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About the Presenter

Charles Nilon

Dr. Charles Nilon is a professor of Urban Wildlife Management at the MU School of Natural Resources.