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Nine Green Spaces You Need to Explore in Singapore

Jacada Travel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

From futuristic vertical gardens to lush primary rainforest, find out why Singapore is also named 'the Garden City' by visiting the city-state's most captivating green spaces.

The Time To Save Our NYC Parks Is Now

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 06.04.2015 | New York
Mark Ruffalo

What makes a park a park? Ordinarily, that might be a question for a New York dinner party. Today, it is an urgent legal question before the New York Court of Appeals. As a Villager, I'm naturally concerned that any of our local parks could be wiped out to make way for more construction. Overall, our city is park-starved.

The 5 Best National Parks In The World

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Late spring and early summer bring prime weather for outdoor exploration, but these international national parks drop jaws year-round -- no Instagram filters needed.

9 Of The Most Gorgeous City Parks In The World

PureWow | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
PureWow

Is the world's most gorgeous park in your city?

6 Ways to Make New York City Parks Safer

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 05.01.2015 | New York
Jennifer S. Hirsch

New Yorkers can sleep well again, knowing that a coyote seen roaming the city has been tranquilized and captured. However, I confess that I am not really all that relieved.

America's 13 Best Amusement Parks That Aren't Six Flags

Thrillist | Posted 05.01.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Six Flags have pretty much dominated the hearts, minds, and queasy stomachs of Americans since their inception back in 1962. So, in the interest of giving the spotlight to a bunch of other places (that also aren't Disneyland), we rounded up a list of some of the other best amusement parks this country has to offer.

Why Singapore Is Winning At Green Spaces

Posted 04.05.2015 | Travel

It’s a country. It’s a city. It’s Singapore. And this city-state is growing a lot more than its population. Half of Singapore is covered in gree...

Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Can this surplus land be repurposed in a way that helps give our suburbs a stronger sense of place, that contributes nonsprawling infill development and, at the same time, better-ordered public green space and ecological services? A few signs are starting to point in that direction.

Saving California Parks -- With New Ideas and Tech

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Andrew Lam

This year Parks Forward, an independent commission dedicated to assisting California's Department of Parks and Recreation, released a set of recommendations to fix what many parks advocates have called a "major crisis." Among its recommendations are ways to modernize the parks.

A Sense of Nature and History in Portugal

Jeanine Barone | Posted 05.01.2015 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

All of this history is set in Portugal's Centro region that's barely a one-hour drive from the airport in Lisbon. And yet, it couldn't be more distinct from the capital.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

How Detroiters Got Dozens Of Parks Reopened And Made The CIty Better For Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.27.2015 | Good News

While Detroit’s systemic problems often seem too large to tackle -- like an ongoing foreclosure crisis and a broken transportation system -- others ...

Road Trip to Ohio's "The Spot"

Jill Shomer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Jill Shomer

A group of Instagrammers came together in Columbus, Ohio, on February 5th for the opening of the Mobile Photo Now exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Ar...

Yosemite National Park Sure Is A Sight To Behold

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green

As rock climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell attempted to make history while climbing the nearly 3,000-foot-high Dawn Wall of El Capitan, all ey...

For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

Adrian Benepe | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Well, 2014 was certainly the "Year That Was" for parks and open space, with many cities finding places to build new parks by creatively reusing abandoned or underperforming infrastructure as parks, and with record levels of new public and private investment in some states and cities.

8 Green Spaces That Are Thriving In The Biggest Urban Jungles

Posted 12.28.2014 | Travel

Living and working within a system of architectural behemoths and concrete streets can be taxing, to say the least. And for many city-dwellers, a few ...

Secrets of a True Parisian: Part III

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.06.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Cities are often defined by their urban parks - think Central Park in New York, Hyde Park in London, the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco - and Paris is no exception.

Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Fortunately, there is a burgeoning trend here in the US to replace aging freeways with boulevards, which have been shown to move traffic just as well while creating rather than diminishing value.

Are We Failing Our Kids?

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home.

In Sydney: Recommitting To Wildlife And Parks

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

A landmark paper published this week in Nature by James Watson and colleagues shows that there is now significant evidence that many governments are backsliding on their commitments to establish and support parks and other protected areas.

Illinois' Most Popular State Parks for Fall

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.10.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Cool temperatures, colorful foliage and a spooky atmosphere can only mean one thing: fall has come to Illinois. There is arguably no better place to fully appreciate and witness this metamorphosis than in Illinois' scenic state parks.

New Survey Uncovers the Lure of the City

Jared Green | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Who needs peace and quiet when you have the run of the opera, street festivals, and sports games, something different every night? These numbers can certainly help smart urban leaders continue to make city life as compelling as possible.

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

Is Your Local Park Well-Funded? If You Live in a Latino Neighborhood, Odds Are Slim

Angela Caputo | Posted 10.15.2014 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

Roughly three decades ago, the U.S. Justice Department brought national attention to one of Chicago's open secrets. Park district officials lavished money on parks in white neighborhoods at the expense of those in African-American and Latino ones.

Who's Going to Push Me?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Alisa Schindler

"I know I don't need you to push me," He says, exasperated. He's only 5 and already I'm the mom who doesn't get it. "l want you to!"

What City Dwellers Want, and Why It Matters

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities' food offerings, from restaurants to farmers' markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much.