Putting the Park in Parking Lots

Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute proposes renovating city parking lots into actual parks would go a long way to improving the air quality of cities.

Brown talks about the successes of Enrique Penalosa in Curitaba, Brazil.

"Penalosa realized that a city with a pleasant environment for children and the elderly would work for everyone. In just a few years, he transformed the quality of urban life. Under his leadership, the city created or renovated 1,200 parks, introduced a highly successful bus-based rapid transit system, built hundreds of kilometers of bicycle paths and pedestrian streets, reduced rush hour traffic by 40 percent, planted 100,000 trees, and involved local citizens directly in the improvement of their neighborhoods"

Full Story: Parking lots to parks: Designing livable cities



Peñalosa in Bogota, Lerner in Brazil!

You condensed the article a bit too much, Tim! Peñalosa was mayor of Bogota, Colombia; the mayor of Curitiba (who is also mentioned in the article) was Jaime Lerner.

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