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"Please Don't Feed the Homeless"

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

When a private citizen, church, nonprofit or citizens group offers public distribution of precious resources such as food, financial support or temporary shelter to people experiencing homelessness, those people congregate.

Chris Christie To Jersey Shore Crowd: Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

On Wednesday evening, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill outlawing smoking in public parks and limiting it on beaches in the state. T...

From Chelsea To Corona: Public Cost And Public Benefit In The New Public Park

Cassim Shepard | Posted 10.28.2014 | New York
Cassim Shepard

Former Mayor Bloomberg presided over an impressive and significant investment in public space, leveraging the frenzied pace of real estate development to subsidize new parks. Yet, somehow, the new open spaces built in the past decade - free and accessible to all - have come to symbolize, for some, just the opposite: elitism and the inequality of opportunity.

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?

Our Business Is Fun: Video Interview with Santee Lakes Director of Park and Recreation Johnathan Skinner

Evanne Schmarder | Posted 05.31.2014 | Small Business
Evanne Schmarder

The outdoor recreation industry is an economic powerhouse, employing over 6 million Americans and infusing both local and national economies with $646...

Should Sharing Food Be Classified as a First Amendment Right?

Brad Reid | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Brad Reid

What activity is appropriate in public parks? How should public convenience, business and tourism concerns be balanced with feeding activities that arguably attract the needy to certain locations in the community?

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.

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.

Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses Its Heart

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Nationally, in the wake of urban growth and renewal, there is considerable debate about whether public parks and open space should be given away or sold to for-profit enterprises. Are they valuable civic resources or just places to put stuff?

Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York - Part I

Cathryn Swan | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not invent the concept of the "public-private partnership." But he has aggressively pushed "private money" within the New York City Parks system, particularly under former Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who left last year.

Only Tree in World's Tiniest City Park Stolen

Cassandra Profita | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Cassandra Profita

Could it be that the only tree in this two-foot diameter park was stolen?

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

Something About Brooklyn's GoogaMooga Food Fest Gives Me Heartburn

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 07.29.2012 | New York
Ellen Freudenheim

Here's what's still stuck in my craw: Should for-profit businesses be invited into New York's public parks for events that are nominally free and open to the public -- but that are functionally not really free and accessible?

Creative Spaces: Catch Some Springtime Rays and Relax

Rana Florida | Posted 06.01.2012 | Home
Rana Florida

Not all parks are created equal. What makes some parks so full of life and activity while others sit desolate, shunned by all but criminals and the truly desperate?

The Decline of Public Good

Robert Reich | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Meryl Streep's eery reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady brings to mind Thatcher's most famous quip, "there is no such thing as 'society.'" The GOP hasn't quoted her yet, but they might as well.

PHOTOS: Turn That Parking Space Into Your Own Personal Park

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.16.2011 | San Francisco

Sometimes it seems like the last thing people in San Francisco want to do with parking spaces is actually park their cars in them. (SCROLL DOWN FO...

Developer Thomas Chapman Profits By Threatening Prime Park Land, Now Challenges Obama

Wall Street Journal | STEPHANIE SIMON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On behalf of his clients or his business partners, [Thomas Chapman] talks up plans to develop the parcels: a subdivision at a scenic overlook, an RV p...

Celebrate National Public Lands Day!

Mike Matz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Matz

We can bequeath to future generations spectacular wonders, providing special places to enjoy on this National Public Lands Day and those that will be celebrated by our children and grandchildren.

Public Schools Could Double As Neighborhood Gyms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's no secret that Americans could use more active lifestyles, and the answer to that may just be their local public schools, GOOD blogger Nikhil Swa...

Socialist!

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Ever visit a public library? 'Course you have, 'cause you're taxatin', appropriatin', regulatin', nanny-state-in' Socialist!

Another Nike Brand Blunder?

Richard Seireeni | Posted 02.16.2012 | Sports
Richard Seireeni

According to a story, Nike is evicting homeless people in Japan to build a branded park designed to promote their image and products.

Homeless in Columbia: How To Be Homeless

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Our three days with the homeless confirmed something a close friend told me before I left: We were stepping into a subculture.

Send in the Hounds... Preferably With Their Checkbooks

Candy Spelling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Candy Spelling

It's no secret that our parks in LA are in financial trouble; so, as a member of the LA Parks Foundation, I attended a meeting this week with a potential donor about giving us a donation.

Lynden Miller, Carolyn Kent: Ladies Who Perfected New York's Parks

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

More than other New Yorkers, Lynden Miller and Carolyn Kent largely reversed the ill effects of the city's 1970s era of disinvestment in public places.

Urban Parks Help Defeat Inequality

Treehugger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It always amazes me to see how families in Istanbul will take any opportunity to enjoy a scrap of nature, no matter how patchy or trash-strewn the gra...