Preserving open space in communities is often a balancing act between maximizing developable land and creating value – both monetary and intangible – for all parties involved. Urban Land Magazine explored this dichotomy in a recent article featuring interviews with five community development experts – including RVi President Chris Crawford.

The article explored trends in open space development as well as best practices, the impact of sustainable design, and challenges associated with incorporating open space.

“There have been a lot of studies showing that proximity to open space increases property values,” Chris said. “Open space also enhances economic development. A city with great parks, trails, and recreational amenities attracts talented and educated people because it is viewed as a good place to live.”

You can read the entire article on the Urban Land Magazine website.