Parks

Blog post
June 12, 2010, 5pm PDT

A recent Planetizen interview on the relationship between park space and active living got me thinking about what spaces inspire physical activity and what spaces discourage it.

In my old apartment complex, the indoor fitness centers were jammed while the nearby riverside walking trails were desolate, despite nearly perfect year-round weather.  Why? The trails were perceived as unsafe because they were completely isolated from view.

Diana DeRubertis
Blog post
June 3, 2010, 8pm PDT

I have to admit, listening to Peter Lovenheim talk about his book “In the Neighborhood, The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time”, spiked my planner’s radar. In his novel, the journalist, quite intentionally, well, the title is self-explanatory isn’t it? It sounded a bit hokey and contrived at first, as did the interview. Lovenheim explained that the only way to truly get to know someone and develop a real sense of intimacy and bond was to sleep in their home and shadow them for the day. But the real story is about the loss of intimacy and comfort among neighbors.

Melissa Hege
June 1, 2010, 6am PDT
Facing tight budgets, many states are closing or limiting access to their parks and natural resources.
The New York Times
May 27, 2010, 8am PDT
With one of Philadelphia's best-supported public parks in danger of losing the private funding that keeps it maintained, <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron looks at the sad state of the city's parks.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2010, 11am PDT
In Philadelphia, a recent planning school graduate and his friends are attempting to create a pop-up park in East Passyunk using social media and contest winnings as funding tools.
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2010, 2pm PDT
Peter Harnik, director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land, believes that formulas for how much parkland cities and neighborhoods cause more harm than good.
NRDC Blog
April 20, 2010, 6am PDT
This piece from <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> takes a look at three midwestern cities that have recently benefited from outside investments in their urban centers.
The Architect's Newspaper
April 15, 2010, 8am PDT
<em>Landscape Architecture</em> Magazine looks at the design behind the new downtown art park in St. Louis and calls it a "hybrid oasis" in the city.
Landscape Architecture
April 14, 2010, 9am PDT
<em>The New York Times</em> takes a look at plans to redesign Governors Island, control of which was recently take over by the City of New York.
The New York Times
April 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
The City has reached a deal to take over 172-acres of undeveloped land from the State, and redevelopment possibilities are flooding in - public park, high school, commercial buildings, NYU satellite campus, and more.
New York Times
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
March 26, 2010, 7am PDT
The land underneath a Toronto highway overpass will be converted into a neighborhood park. Officials hope it will spark the revival of one of the city's underused waterfront neighborhoods.
Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
March 19, 2010, 2pm PDT
A string of connected parks laced through cities has been a vision of city planners since the days of Olmsted. Ben Welle of the Center for City Park Excellence has some ideas how that that vision can be implemented today.
City Parks Blog
March 6, 2010, 9am PST
The new park takes an old waterfront park and connects it with previously inaccessible space to create an 85-acre site stretching 1.3 miles along the waterfront.
Design Trust blog
March 1, 2010, 10am PST
A group of development agencies came together to undertake a historic-preservation and community-development effort in Cairo's Al-Darb al-Ahmar community. The project was such a success that they're still working, by invitation, restoring the area.
Metropolis Magazine
February 26, 2010, 5am PST
A former Naval weapons station in Concord, California will be converted into a new, 12,000-home neighborhood.
The Contra Costa Times
February 18, 2010, 8am PST
The abandoned infrastructure for an inner-city rail project in Lima, Peru, has been adapted into a playful amusement park.
Treehugger
February 16, 2010, 7am PST
National City, CA has only 2 acres of public parks per 1000 residents, as opposed to the national average of 10 acres. A new plan proposes to transform a 44-acre golf course into an innovative new central park.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
January 28, 2010, 6am PST
Increasing amounts of Americans are soccer players, and the parks and park planners in American cities are beginning to reflect the sport's growing popularity, according to this piece from the <em>Regional Plan Association</em>.
Regional Plan Association
January 27, 2010, 7am PST
A new 8-acre park has opened on the waterfront of downtown Tampa, Florida, the first of three downtown projects opening downtown this year.
St. Petersburg Times