Urban Parks

September 14, 2014, 11am PDT
West Hollywood, California Mayor John D'Amico is leading calls to add more dog-friendly amenities to designs for Phase 2 of the city's civic park.
Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2014, 6am PDT
The latest installment of the GOOD Cities Project has produced an infographic that provides a look at the "ever-vital urban park" by comparing the park efforts of cities around the country.
GOOD Magazine
Blog post
July 1, 2014, 2pm PDT
Adrian Benepe was recently announced as the recipient of the 2014 Olmsted Medal. Like it or not, the well-deserved and appropriate recognition is one more in the seemingly endless list of honors for the transformation of New York's urban parks.
Mark Hough
Blog post
May 31, 2014, 8am PDT
The design of urban landscapes has become dominated by a growing call for them to be ecologically resilient. But isn't it important what they look like?
Mark Hough
Blog post
February 10, 2014, 11am PST
It is probably fair to say that most people think urban landscapes are at their best in the warm months. They may be right. But after a recent tromp through a frigid Manhattan, I am reminded how great cities can be in winter.
Mark Hough
August 5, 2012, 1pm PDT
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city in your neighborhood park? For a true mental vacation, head for the park with the densest vegetation, writes Eric Jaffe.
The Atlantic Cities
February 1, 2012, 5am PST
The city’s MillionTrees program fights asthma and global warming. But tightening maintenance budgets, increasingly severe weather and decades-old planting decisions complicate trees’ contribution.
City Limits
December 20, 2011, 8am PST
A new park in Chicago aims to turn 140,000 acres of under-used and post industrial land along the Second City's southern rim into the country's largest urban park. Governor Pat Quinn hopes to add private funding to the $17m allotted by the state.
The Atlantic
December 9, 2011, 8am PST
The City of Hamburg, Germany is planning on building elevated public parks on sections of the to-be-expanded A7 (Highway 7), which is considered one of the most important north-south connectors in Germany.
TheCityFix.com
September 4, 2011, 9am PDT
The two founders of New York's famous High Line give NPR an exclusive tour of the park and provide the inside scoop on the creation of the park.
NPR:All Things Considered
July 16, 2011, 9am PDT
Urban parks have an important role to play in solving the health and fitness crisis, but too many acres of parkland are not helping people become healthier. How can park systems be designed to be better-used and live up to their potential?
Philadelphia Daily News Digital / The Inquirer Digital
July 6, 2011, 5am PDT
The City Parks blog looks at Santa Fe Railyard Park and Plaza, one of the winners of this year's Rudy Bruner Awards for Urban Excellence.
City Parks Blog
June 6, 2011, 12pm PDT
The National Recreation and Parks Association is on a mission to fix up neglected parks around the country. Atlanta and D.C. are the first to benefit from their new program, "Parks Build Community."
USA Today
May 2, 2011, 6am PDT
A spectacular series of recent photos from Seattle's Colonnade Park built beneath highway I-5 tell the story of adapted urban space.
Free Association Design
April 15, 2011, 2pm PDT
In Toronto, a developer is balking at the zoning that would force him to build a podium-style building out to the sidewalk, and wants to build a park with a tower instead. Can open space and density coexist?
The Trust for Public Land
February 11, 2011, 1pm PST
The Urban Land Institute recently awarded Campus Martius Park in Detroit the 2010 Urban Open Space Award for helping to rejuvenate the historic city center.
UrbanLand
December 28, 2010, 1pm PST
Jonathan Lerner gives an extensive analysis of the benefits of turning failed commercial properties, or "redfields", into strategically-picked park land for revitalization purposes. Some conversion would be permanent, some just land banking.
Miller-McCune
October 25, 2010, 12pm PDT
Architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen says that streets can't create public interaction in the way that unstructured spaces like urban parks can.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
October 9, 2010, 7am PDT
<em>The New Republic</em> offers a look and review of some of the nation's best new urban parks.
The New Republic
Feature
September 30, 2010, 11am PDT

When an old parking structure was torn down, Downtown Dallas gained a new civic space right off the historic City Hall.

Giulia Mastrangelo