Parks

October 14, 2011, 6am PDT
Site of the Occupy Wall Street protests, Zuccotti Park is a privately-owned public space. Lisa W. Foderaro explains the difference between this and a public park, and why it works for the protests.
The New York Times
October 8, 2011, 5am PDT
Just four percent of Irvine's Great Park has been built in six years, compared to an early estimation that it would be completed in 10. Now, it may take 20. And it's no one's fault, writes Jeff Overley.
Orange County Register
October 1, 2011, 5am PDT
Pending a memorandum of understanding between city and U.N. officials, Manhattan may begin a land swap process that will finally fill in a mile-long gap of greenway along the East River. Lisa R. Foderaro reports.
New York Times
September 9, 2011, 1pm PDT
Transplanting the wildly popular pilot projects in NYC and SF across the northern border, the City launches VIVA Vancouver program that converts parts of eight streets into public spaces.
THE DIRT
August 30, 2011, 12pm PDT
Community organizers in Philadelphia are leading an effort to convert a disused elevated railway into a park.
The Philadelphia Daily News
August 25, 2011, 12pm PDT
Plans are moving ahead to convert Berlin's Tempelhof airfield into the city's newest park.
The Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2011, 5am PDT
Neighborhoods in New York City have built temporary "pop-up" playgrounds in an effort to encourage more physical activity among children.
The New York Times
August 11, 2011, 7am PDT
For a recent contest, <em>Good</em> magazine asked its readers to submit guides to the interesting and unique parts of their city. The winning entry is a guide to Asheville, North Carolina.
Good
August 10, 2011, 6am PDT
Houston is leading the way in creating new public spaces. This article from The Project for Public Spaces looks at a few of the city's efforts.
Project For Public Spaces
August 4, 2011, 7am PDT
Philadelphia is opening its first "parklet" -- a small public park space built on street parking spaces.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2011, 9am PDT
The creation of a park in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, is credited with helping the city lure new development and stay economically healthy during the recession.
NPR
July 31, 2011, 7am PDT
As Singapore's population booms, officials are working through plans to help the city absorb its people but also provide them with adequate green space.
The New York Times
July 30, 2011, 11am PDT
London Evening Standard columnist Kieran Long takes a tour through London's Olympic Park and finds a new public space that will likely show its importance long after the games are over.
London Evening Standard
July 27, 2011, 6am PDT
The Atlanta Beltline Partnership's annual report shows how revitalization programs, workforce housing, parks and trails have been blossoming. Yet transit development has lagged behind, reports Kaid Benfield for The Atlantic.
The Atlantic
July 21, 2011, 7am PDT
A new public park in downtown Phoenix is both a venue for artists and performers and a public space that calls to mind a small neighborhood park, according to this piece from <em>Next American City</em>.
Next American City
July 19, 2011, 7am PDT
In an effort to improve the visitor experience and boost business, operators of a busy transit hub in Boston are bringing in performers and various activities to entertain people waiting and convince others to linger longer.
The Boston Globe
July 18, 2011, 12pm PDT
As the desire for wireless internet increases, some public parks are finding that Wi-Fi networks are becoming a new and important amenity.
Time
July 15, 2011, 11am PDT
Parking spaces in San Francisco are being repurposed as small patio-like park spaces and out door seating areas. John King of the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> looks at how they've become part of the city.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2011, 6am PDT
Plans to redesign the expanded publicly accessible section of the White House's front lawn combine both walkability concerns and safety concerns.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 12, 2011, 6am PDT
New playground designs are shaking up public parks around the world. So long, slides, hello interpretive playscapes.
Dwell