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

Adrian Benepe | Posted 12.26.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.

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

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.13.2014 | 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.