Parks

May 30, 2011, 7am PDT
The NY Times sent an investigative reporter to Bryant Park to test the new city regulation banning smoking in parks and finds non-smoking park-goers incredibly tolerant toward smoking violations while smokers appear compliant with the regulation.
The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
May 26, 2011, 8am PDT
Community members in Philadelphia have taken over a languishing site and put it back into use as a temporary park space.
NewsWorks
May 19, 2011, 10am PDT
Seattle is growing more dense, which is underlining the importance of the city's public spaces. But as this piece from <em>Crosscut</em> argues, the city's public spaces are mostly bleak and underused.
Crosscut
May 18, 2011, 1pm PDT
Robert Campbell keeps hoping that the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway (the park built over the Big Dig site) will attract visitors. But even as it gets more beautiful, it still fails in terms of usage.
The Boston Globe
May 18, 2011, 11am PDT
Exposition Park in Los Angeles is on the verge of major changes -- a retired space shuttle, the last days of a stadium, new transit access, and the demolition of a piece of big-name architecture. But looking at its history, changes are nothing new.
Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2011, 5am PDT
A new public plaza is being built in Washington D.C., and this rundown from <em>The Dirt</em> highlights its people-focused design.
THE DIRT
April 25, 2011, 10am PDT
A community in Salt Lake City is pooling their cash to purchase an empty lot owned by the LDS (Mormon) Church for a much-needed park. They hope to give the land to the city to maintain, but the church and state may not be on board with the plan.
The Salt Lake Tribune
April 9, 2011, 7am PDT
As the city of Los Angeles edges closer to approving the construction of a new sports stadium in downtown, this post from <em>Curbed LA</em> offers 10 suggestions on how the stadium could and should fit into the city.
Curbed LA
April 9, 2011, 5am PDT
This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> explores public spaces and their role in political change, and how over hundreds of years, riots have defined New York's Tompkins Square Park -- despite efforts to design unrest out.
99% Invisible
April 5, 2011, 7am PDT
New outdoor, publicly accessible ping pong tables are taking hold in New York City, adding an extra element of health and activity to some of the city's public parks.
The New York Times
March 25, 2011, 10am PDT
Following trends seen in Europe and China, a public park in New York City has installed a ping pong table.
DNAInfo
March 25, 2011, 6am PDT
The City of San Francisco is expanding its program of "parklets" -- small public patio-like spaces built on parking spots.
The San Francisco Examiner
March 24, 2011, 12pm PDT
A lawmaker in New York has introduced a plan to ban cars from Central Park and Prospect Park.
The New York Post
March 18, 2011, 12pm PDT
Are parks landscapes or infrastructures -- or can they be both? This question is broached in this wide-reaching interview on the role of parks in cities with landscape architect Gerdo Aquino.
Archinect
March 18, 2011, 7am PDT
America's first public parks were cemeteries. But over time, they've moved from the center of town to the edges. A new book looks at the history of these places of the dead.
The Atlantic
March 8, 2011, 2pm PST
As the parks system grows in Seattle, it is becoming more difficult to afford to maintain. One local official calls the system "unsustainable".
The Seattle Times
January 17, 2011, 2pm PST
An art gallery in New York City currently has an installation called Park Here, which is an indoor parkspace made up of fake grass, trees and sunlight.
The New York Times
January 13, 2011, 7am PST
Cities across the developing world are dealing more with rising obesity rates as urbanization occurs, reports TheCityFix's Jonna McKone.
TheCityFix
December 29, 2010, 1pm PST
New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe talks with <em>Next American City</em> about the city's increased emphasis on creating active public spaces and how his department is handling budget cuts.
Next American City
December 21, 2010, 10am PST
The next section of New York City's elevated linear park known as the High Line is expected to open next spring. <em>The New York Times</em> offers a preview.
The New York Times