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

Angela Caputo | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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.

There Was a 'High Line' Before the Famous Elevated Park in NYC

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

New York's City's hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn't the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park.

12 Nostalgic Photos That Capture The Disappearance Of An American Icon

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts

Photographer Brenda Biondo has spent the last 10 years documenting a disappearing icon of the American landscape: playgrounds. From geodesic climbing ...

Taiwan's Natural Side

Jeanine Barone | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Silence reigns as black swans glide on a creek-fed pond, walkways zig-zag this way and that, and elaborately carved wooden pavilions provide much welcome shade. Walking to the garden's upper level provides a sweeping perspective of this idyllic arrangement.

Can Biking and Walking Save Lives in Cities in the Global South?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, parks, and green areas are all pieces of a complex puzzle to help citizens navigate their city safely and sustainably.

7 U.S. National Parks You Didn't Know You Needed To See

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel

You know Yellowstone and Yosemite... but how much do you know about the America's 56 other National Parks? These lesser-known National Parks are l...

The Best National Parks In America: Ranked!

The Active Times | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Which government system protects some of our most prized land, offers affordable recreation and is great for the economy? You guessed it -- it's the National Park System.

Going Green With Catie Marron

Rana Florida | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

"I think the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the High Line is a great example of the value of creative thinking in designing public spaces. So many cities in the world now want to create their own High Lines and are thinking about abandoned spaces in a new way."

Glasgow: From Pubs to Parks In Scotland's 'Second City'

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Glasgow has been busy brushing the soot off its sandstone and washing behind its no-longer-industrial ears. What has emerged after decades of careful restoration is a Victorian city where you can breathe the beautiful air.

The Perks Of Parks

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Fran Moreland Johns

Love the earth? Love the park. A world without parks would be, well, like a life without sunshine. Wherever you live on this crowded planet, I hope you have a favorite, nearby park.

The Privatization of the National Mall: America's Front Yard for Sale

Kim D. Stryker | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Kim D. Stryker

So while those VIP donors are enjoying their benefit luncheon on the Nation's Front Yard, we should all ask ourselves: should the National Mall be a manicured lawn with access limited to events with wealthy backers?

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?

Cathedral Park Is The Perfect Spring Spot

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.24.2014 | Travel

It's springtime and that means everyone's looking for a little green space to soak up some much-needed sun. Why not try Cathedral Park in Portland? ...

Cities Need Nature

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature. Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism in sufficient density to achieve environmental and economic efficiency and nurture social bonds.

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.

Pogo -- A Spark in the Park

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
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Michael Berkowitz

The rise of Pogo Parks deserves Hollywood treatment. Brilliant and improbable, vital and near triumphant. It's a story, though unfinished, that promises in its logic defying detail to warm hearts and change lives.

If You Need a Reason to Visit London This Spring, Take a Peek at These Parks

Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

London is a pretty magical destination year-round -- the bustling streets, the royal residences, the magnificent museums -- but it's an especially wonderful place to visit during the spring as the city bursts into bloom.

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.

This Is What Parks Could Look Like in 2034

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business

City planners from Seattle to Seoul are dreaming up some remarkable designs for future parks. It seems after years of neglect, we are finally recogniz...

An African-American Heritage Tour Complements LA's Pan African Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival, a cornerstone of Black History Month in Los Angeles, opens the door to LA's thriving black community.

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?

Handmade Posters Capture The Beauty Of America's Glorious Parks

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

In the 1930s the U.S. government commissioned a series of posters to celebrate the country's gorgeous public landscapes. The project, "See America," r...