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CIVIC HYDROLOGY

Civic Hydrology is a term coined by Kathy Poole to denote the potential for water to serve as an armature for building better communities:

• How water can structure growth, organize institutions, and catalyze city making and reinvigoration.

• How scientifically based water strategies and techniques can support healthier cities for all residents, human and otherwise.

• How water can contribute to cities rich in civic experession, particularly in ways that strengthen and alrify citizens' relationships to the city and reinvigorate civic life.

EVERY CITY OR COUNTY CONTAINS INSTITUTIONS THAT WE TYPICALLY CONSIDER CIVIC:
courthouses, city halls, county office buildings, memorial public plazas, libraries.Eschewing private interests, these are the structures that express the values that we share as inhabitants of a particular place. They are public places that encourage us to exercise our rights as citizens. As institutions that contribute to the public good, civic structures also include municipal services like electricity, stromwater, drinking water, sewers, and roads. These infrastructures are not only common to us all but physically link us together as citizens.

The mappings presented here speculate on a civic structure for Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to the public institutions that everyone considers civic, the mappings demonstrate how included in "civic" are the city's natural systems. The resulting "Civic Hydrology" network shows how valuing water can be a framework for strengthening the city and reinvigorating civic life. The mappings outline a set of principles and a process that can accomplish a Civic Hydrology Network.

 

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