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Federal Government May Fund Urban Parks

New legislation looks to boost the federal government's investment in urban parks for the first time in eight years.

"The Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (H.R. 3734), introduced by Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey, reflects the current thinking that parks and recreation are integral to broader efforts to rebuild the economic and social fabric of cities.

At the same time, the Obama administration has created a partnership among federal agencies to promote urban sustainability and Congress is considering a number of bills to promote smart growth, bicycling, walking, mass transit, green infrastructure, historic restoration and the reduction of carbon emissions. Together, these initiatives signal new level of federal interest in improving the quality of life in cities."

Proponents are citing New York's successes in recent years revitalizing urban parks. Advocates argue that better parks can help create better cities.

Full Story: Washington Considers Funding Parks to Rebuild Cities

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