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Pervious (green) and impervious (red) areas (Mill River, Watershop Pond in blue)
Shaping Landscape: Sustainable Design for Urban Renewal

The image above depicts pervious (in green) and impervious (in red) areas at Mason Square surrounding the Watershops Pond neighborhoods in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is part of an area assessment plan to devise strategies to manage storm water runoff using creative urban designs such as rainwater infiltration planters along streets.  Landscape architect Frank Sleegers, colleagues, and students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning's urban design studios have been collaborating since 2008 with the City of Springfield's Office of Planning and Economic Development on a variety of plans to revitalize urban downtown communities as green strategies for growth. Learn more.

Photo credit: Todd Lynch