Open Space

Parks almost always sound like a good idea. But some are vacant while others are transformative. Here's a list of ten recently completed projects that fall solidly in the latter category.
15 hours ago   USA Today
Planners and residents are concerned about the lack of green space requirements in the booming area of Uptown in Dallas. Instead of delivering amenities, some say, developers are often engaged in battles over density.
Aug 7, 2014   Dallas News
July is "National Park and Recreation Month." To commemorate, WalletHub compiled a ranking system that compares cities by their recreational opportunities.
Jul 25, 2014   WalletHub
Tom Jacobs details the findings of a study out of France that finds evidence of what researchers call "green altruism"—or people treating each other better after period of immersion in a natural environment.
Jul 23, 2014   Pacific Standard
A local architect produced a DIY design to push the Illinois Department of Transportation to think big with the "Redefine the Drive" project on North Lake Shore Drive. With the proposal: invitations for more local designers to participate.
Jul 10, 2014   Chi.Streetsblog
New Yorkers for Parks released a study earlier this month finding that the Department of Parks and Recreation is one of the city's slowest when it comes to finishing projects on a reasonable timeframe.
Jun 26, 2014   New York Times
Seattle Department of Transportation launches "Play Streets" program to encourage some fun in the streets.
Jun 8, 2014   Streets Blog
A citizen-led initiative to rethink the land around North Lake Shore Boulevard in the neighborhood of Streeterville produced ambitious designs that would create additional shoreline, baldy-needed open space, and a tunnel for Lake Shore Drive.
May 15, 2014   DNAinfo.com Chicago
Architecture critic Inga Saffron describes a new master plan for Philadelphia's signature piece of open space as "important" and "welcome," but still finds that it falls short in addressing some of the park's critical needs.
May 14, 2014   Philadelphia Inquirer
An influx of residential and creative commercial space is transforming Downtown New Orleans. According to a technical assistance panel by the Urban Land Institute Louisiana, the trends represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve open space.
May 14, 2014   The Times-Picayune
Southwest Airlines joins Project for Public Spaces in an initiative to reactivate underused public spaces.
Apr 4, 2014   CNN Money - Fortune