Nature is unevenly distributed in and across cities despite the fact that much else about cities scales with population. The City Nature project combines spatial analysis of parks and other natural areas in cities with text mining of planning documents and published historical narratives to explore why.

The terms "city" and "nature" have many interpretations. Our working definitions are discussed in this
brief essay


"Naturehoods": Urban Nature at Neighborhood Scale

Natural and social variables, including greenness, park area, neighborhood park deficit (or "need"), home valuation and diversity can be explored in maps, streetview imagery and dynamic visualizations across 34 large U.S. cities.


"The Language of City Nature": Topic Modeling Cities' Comprehensive Plans

The text of comprehensive plans for 37 large American cities was analyzed for nature-related topic content, and city-by-city perspectives on nature.


other studies

Charting natural and social variables

scaling graphHow do total park space, park space per capita, accessibility of parks, and other variables such as population and city area compare across 38 large American cities? Explore these and other questions in this interactive chart.

Ecological Urbanism for the 21st Century

Essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

LA Park History

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