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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.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Reinventing Our Downtowns

John M. Eger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What we do in our schools is becoming a major topic for discussion. What we do in our communities, where most people and our kids spend the majority of their time, is just as important.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

Women in Business Q&A: Jacinta McCann, ASLA Executive Vice President, AECOM

Laura Dunn | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Jacinta leads the landscape architecture, masterplanning, urban design, and environmental planning practice within AECOM, a Fortune 500 global plannin...

New York's Poor Door: Poverty and Proximity

Max Holleran | Posted 09.27.2014 | New York
Max Holleran

New York has lost the ability to tolerate class diversity, even within the reign of the most progressive mayor in 50 years. Critics have foamed at the mouth at the announcement of a "poor door" in a new apartment tower, crying everything from "A Tale of Two Cities" to "economic apartheid."

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio: Letter From an Urban Designer in Brooklyn

Mitch McEwen | Posted 07.02.2014 | New York
Mitch McEwen

Whatever you do, please do not use the large corporate firms that do so much New Urbanist work in Florida because, honestly, they make New York City look like Florida.

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.

World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities

Manish Bapna | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Manish Bapna

The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly -- with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency -- they can divide cities and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability.

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...

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?

Ciclovia: Open Streets Throughout Latin America

Rex Burkholder | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Rex Burkholder

A confident young participant in San Francisco de Porro. Ciclovia is a Latin American phenomena originating over 30 years ago in Bogotà, Colombi...

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.

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

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Other creeks in New York City that once fed the salt marshes which defined the coastline were boxed in for commerce and turned into "canals" and polluted by local industries, dumped on and despoiled.

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.

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.

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.

Frisk Your Ground: The Floridafication of New York City

Mitch McEwen | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Mitch McEwen

As a systemic violence, the Stop-and-Frisk policy of the NYPD might be considered the policing equivalent of Stand Your Ground. Search first -- ask questions later.

Designing for the Metropolitan Revolution

Randy Howder | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

Across the U.S., mayors, educators, philanthropists, business and community leaders and others who govern the nation's cities and metropolitan areas are taking on the big issues that the federal government won't, or can't, solve.

Urbanists vs. Technocrats in Detroit

Mitch McEwen | Posted 06.02.2013 | Detroit
Mitch McEwen

Effectively, what we are seeing in Detroit are two different disciplines -- abstract finance on one hand and urban planning and design on the other -- telling two very different stories about the same city.

San Francisco's Chance for a Great Urban Transformation

Randy Howder | Posted 06.02.2013 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

If the residents of San Francisco were keeping their eyes on the prize of smart development, they would take a fresh look at SoMA and its technologically-savvy businesses as a chance to do something remarkable.