Urban Parks

June 11, 2010, 6am PDT
Peter Vaernet, aka the "Mad Viking", transformed a pocket park known for drugs and violence into a safe, active place by bringing lots of women and children into the park.
Boing Boing
June 10, 2010, 2pm PDT
Peter Harnik of the Trust for Public Land spoke recently about the challenges facing urban parks, and how they can be catalysts for revitalization and change when done correctly.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
June 8, 2010, 6am PDT
Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute proposes renovating city parking lots into actual parks would go a long way to improving the air quality of cities.
May 27, 2010, 5am PDT

Do parks succeed in making people more active? What works and what doesn't when designing and maintaining a park?

Tim Halbur
May 12, 2010, 1pm PDT
The group that maintains Philadelphia's famed Rittenhouse Square has put a lot of maintenance work into making it a lovely space, but is faced with mounting expenses and needs new ways to pay for them.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2010, 10am PDT
Across the country, grey-to-green transformations are in the works, capping freeways to reconnect neighborhoods with urban parks.
USA Today
May 5, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kathryn Gustafson of the firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol says that urban parks are an antidote to sprawl because they give city dwellers the room to breathe that often drives them to the suburbs.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
May 3, 2010, 8am PDT
Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway is an urban park built over the "Big Dig" highway tunnel, and as Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe puts it, "a design disaster."
Project for Public Spaces blog
April 9, 2010, 2pm PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> lists the top new urban parks that have been built in the U.S. in recent years.
The Infrastructurist
February 25, 2010, 11am PST
Los Angeles is crazy for "cap parks": basically, putting roofs over sections of freeway and building a park on top. The added benefit? Reconnecting neighborhoods riven asunder by the freeway in the first place.
The Architect's Newspaper
October 20, 2009, 2pm PDT
That's Lynden Miller's motto, an artist and garden designer with a new book, <em>Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape.</em> The Wall St. Journal has a profile.
Wall St Journal
September 16, 2009, 12pm PDT
Kaid Benfield, who came in at #42 in our Top 100 Urban Thinkers poll recently, talks about what makes the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris his favorite in the world.
The Huffington Post
February 10, 2009, 7am PST
The city of San Marcos, Texas, near Austin, plans harsher measures to crack down on graffiti, including holding a minor's parents responsible and banning certain graffiti-making tools.
Austin American-Statesman
August 10, 2008, 11am PDT
A handful of EDAW interns have created an ambitious plan for a new park to connect L.A.'s disconnected downtown with lush greenery.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 11, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Plans were recently revealed for the much-ballyhooed High Line Park in New York, converting an abandoned elevated railway into a recreation area. But the NY Times says, 'I’d been hoping for a utopia. Instead, I got sumac.'</p>
The New York Times
June 12, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A report announced by Mayor Michael Nutter estimates that Philadelphia's park system has a combined economic value of $1.9 billion in services, income and taxes to the city.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer