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The Trust for Public Land

Tuesday's Election: A Record Day for Land Conservation

Will Rogers | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

Politicians, pundits and public officials are looking at Tuesday's election results, to parse exactly what messages the voters were sending. But one clear message was delivered: Americans cherish land and water and want to protect the special places they hold dear.

This July 4, Let's Pledge Allegiance to Nature, Too

Will Rogers | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

Why do Americans so value nature? There are probably as many reasons as there are Americans. With the start of summer, The Trust for Public Land is furthering the national movement to promote parks and open space by collecting testimonials for nature from men, women, and children nationwide.

Natural Parks and American Cities (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

What are the challenges confronting natural areas in cities and the benefits they provide? How can cities best address these challenges, and who are their potential allies?

On Earth Day, Parks For The Planet

Will Rogers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

They are the places where people experience and come to care about the natural world. And why would anyone work, sacrifice -- and, yes, vote -- to protect a planet they have not come to know and love?

Natural Parks and American Cities

Adrian Benepe | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

I've been thinking about a fact I recently learned which surprised me, even though I've spent most of my adult life working in and around city parks.

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About America's City Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Arlington, VA, is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista, CA, is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line.

Phil Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to San Francisco

Adrian Benepe | Posted 05.14.2014 | San Francisco
Adrian Benepe

A closer look shows that San Francisco's parks stand up very well to New York's. In fact, San Francisco may be a national leader among cities for its innovative management and ambitious plans.

2013 a Year for Green Accomplishments: Looking Ahead as New Mayors Take the Helm

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.16.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

If 2013 was the "year of the bike share," will 2014 see continued growth in both the number of bikes and riders? Or will the novelty wear off and costs go up?

City Residents Earning Medals for Pedaling As Bike Share Programs Hit the Road Cycling

Adrian Benepe | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The experience of having a bike to use when and where I want, for unlimited use, and for a yearly cost of just $95, defied the notion that nothing can get done that works well in a city as complicated as New York.

Up the Creek, With a Paddle: Urban Stream Restoration and Daylighting (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

As cities work to rebuild and repair their infrastructure, one resource they are beginning to turn to is the rivers and creeks that flow through urban areas.

Voting for Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

More and more, it appears, people are not just voting with their feet to visit and use parks, but they are literally casting their ballots and voting with their pocketbooks to say that parks are crucial parts of their communities.

Green Infrastructure: Cities Across the Nation Become More Resilient (Part III)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

A number of American cities are looking at innovative and creative ways to develop new park land for their residents in projects which can also help protect their local streams and rivers from the type of dirty water and even raw sewage overflow caused by heavy rainfalls.

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

Markets Bring Greens to Consumers, Greenbelts to Cities, Green to Farmers

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities across the country, the end of summer brings throngs to the revived urban famers markets that have become part of the quality of life of many neighborhoods.

All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails

Adrian Benepe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities large and small across the nation, there are efforts to transform abandoned rail lines, including some that are elevated or even below street level, into parks and trails.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Rebirth of America's Urban Parks Is Spurred by Citizen Involvement, So Why Is It Under Attack?

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The renaissance of urban parks -- and the attendant strengthening of cities -- is at a crossroads. The public sector, from Washington to the state houses to the mayors' offices, must provide adequate public funding for parks.

Study Confirms Suspicions: Denver Parks Among Nation's Best

Posted 05.24.2012 | Denver

A recent survey conducted by the Trust for Public Land should give Denverites even more reason to hold their heads high. The study concluded Denver...

A Tea Party for 30/10

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With tax day upon us I got to thinking about all of the tea partiers making the pilgrimage to Boston to celebrate their namesakes' stand against a Bri...

Fighting Sprawl Through the Ballot Box

Ernest Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ernest Cook

For all the environmental reasons to rein in sprawl and conserve land and water, there are very human ones, too.