Parks

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
December 8, 2010, 12pm PST
More parks in the U.S. should fight funding issues through privatization, writes John Stossel.
Reason
November 24, 2010, 6am PST
Flush with federal grants, a new transit plaza and park is set to pop up in Philadelphia.
The Architect's Newspaper
November 12, 2010, 8am PST
A proposal for a "High Line"-like park in Jersey City has some locals deeply concerned about the project's large price tag.
The New York Times
October 28, 2010, 2pm PDT
New designs for the surrounding park offer a chance at a brighter future for the Eero Saarinen-designed Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Architectural Record
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
October 3, 2010, 7am PDT
Because of their broad appeal, diverse uses, and heavy programming, parks may do more for cities than the performing arts centers of the 1980s and the sports venues of the 1990s have accomplished, says JoAnn Greco.
The Washington Post
September 30, 2010, 12pm PDT
As a new park near the Brooklyn Bridge gradually opens in New York, the role it plays in public life in the city is already evolving.
Urban Omnibus
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
September 22, 2010, 10am PDT
A new report from the Trust for Public Lands provides detailed and comprehensive data on city park systems in the U.S.
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