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10 Parks That Changed America

Jared Green | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Jared Green

PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago and featuring Geoffrey Baer, the show identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America's early settlers to the present day.

AMEX Puts National Parks Under My Christmas Tree!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

An unexpected Christmas present landed under my tree this week with a thud. It came with a call from American Express. "We know you're passionate ab...

A Walk in the Park -- for Everyone

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.16.2015 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

For most of America's urban poor, life is hardly a walk in the park. But the Trust for Public Land is out to change that. Every urban citizen, rich or...

Ready for My Close-Up!: Parks in the Movies

Adrian Benepe | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Adrian Benepe

With the Academy Awards coming up Feb. 22, people around the world are thinking about their favorite movies, actors, directors and even sound tracks. For some of us in the world of city parks, we watch movies through a narrower lens: scenes shot in parks.

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.

President Obama, Let's Make History! Create Our 402nd National Park and Chicago's First at Pullman

Theresa Pierno | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Labor Day isn't just a day for barbecues and being with family and friends. The holiday has ties to the South Side of Chicago in the Pullman neighborh...

Taking The Long View Of The National Mall On Earth Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 06.21.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Leave no trace is an ethos that pervades society's thinking about the great outdoors, and we need to extend that thinking to urban landscapes like the National Mall.

What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

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.

Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York
Adrian Benepe

I didn't grow up in Prospect Park. My neighborhood park was Riverside, and Central Park was where I sometimes went on weekends as a child. Prospect Park was, to me, a mythical land in distant Brooklyn, across the East River and reachable only by a long trip on the subway.

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.

The Power of Washington's Open Park Spaces

Monique Dailey | Posted 09.29.2013 | DC
Monique Dailey

The development of more green space in urban areas is important -- not just to address immediate needs but also to ensure an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. How are inner-city children meant to share in that crucial commitment if they have no experience with it?

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

National Parks: Antiquities Act Strengthens Our Best Idea

Tom Kiernan | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Tom Kiernan

We applaud President Obama for listening and responding to the voices of countless Americans who share our desire to protect and preserve places of great natural, cultural, and historical wonder.

Are Urban Trees Worth It?

Scott Steen | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Scott Steen

Some people don't love trees as much as they used to. After the severe storms we have had this year, including Hurricane Sandy, city trees can seem like a dangerous liability. Are urban trees worth the risk they pose to houses, cars and people when a violent storm comes through?

9 Impressive City Parks

Posted 09.21.2012 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Josh Lew: Aside from a handful of world-famous greenspaces, most city parks are not on the tourist radar. Even so, man...

Bullies and "The Diamond in the Dust"

Lisa Novick | Posted 07.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

L.A.'s BEST after-school program is all about enriching the lives of students and their communities, and the ripples of this remarkable program recently spread to a challenging project in MacArthur Park known as "The Diamond in the Dust."

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Chicago Neighborhood Could Be Home To New Parklets

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.13.2012 | Chicago

Life in a city as large as Chicago comes with plenty of oft-heralded perks, namely a seemingly endless plethora of dining, nightlife and cultural opti...

A New Park Transforms A Madrid Neighborhood

www.nytimes.com | Posted 12.27.2011 | Travel

Twenty-seven miles of new tunnels were dug; countless tons of granite installed to make paths and fountains; some 8,000 pine trees planted. A new, ...

Greening Hollywood: For Love Of Water

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paige Donner

Crowning the first-ever Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles, L.A.'s premier "green" and sustainable film festival - was Sunday night's open air scree...