Public Spaces

July 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Guerrilla gardening- planting flowers and edibles in untended pockets of cities- is a growing phenomenon. This article looks at a group of Toronto residents who've turned ugly medians into lush gardens.</p>
CTV Toronto
July 8, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>In an effort to raise extra money, cities and counties in Florida have been selling advertising in public spaces. Some say it's a good way to get extra revenue, but others worry about the visual pollution of public areas.</p>
Herald Tribune
July 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Street posters play an important role in participatory civic life, according to this article from <em>re:place</em> magazine.</p>
re:place
July 6, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>With tourist season in full effect, the Czech city of Prague is hoping to clean up its notoriously dirty streets with a new ban on littering and urinating in public places.</p>
Ceske Noviny
July 5, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>In this column, landscape architect Bill Thompson, FASLA, takes a look at the shortcomings of Boston's City Hall Plaza as a public space and what he feels are misguided efforts to preserve it.</p>
Land Online
July 3, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New York's Union Square is the scene of a lively protest featuring Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. At stake is the square's pavilion, which is set to be transformed into a restaurant.</p>
The Village Voice
June 25, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Landscape architect Gary Sexton worked on a tight budget and dodged commissions and regulations to create a beautiful vision for downtown Bremerton (near Seattle).</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Two new parks in San Francisco show how great neighborhoods are defined by their public spaces, according to this article from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This commentary from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> calls for creation of a central park for the city, made by putting a "cap" over a section of freeway.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This film from <em>Streetsblog</em> looks at a community effort in Portland to remove pavement from unused parking lots.</p>
Streetsblog L.A.
June 19, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>As a Texas beach erodes and the waves come closer to shore, homeowners are scrambling to figure out what to do when the public beach invades their private property.</p>
NPR
June 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>"Football Carnivals" are on the rise in Germany, where the community viewing buzz from the 2006 World Cup has hung around and revived itself for the current European Championship.</p>
Der Spiegel
June 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>For six hours this Sunday, streets in North Portland will be off-limits to cars.</p>
The Oregonian
June 13, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Despite the economic downturn, city officials in Spokane Valley, WA move forward with a plan to build something the city has always lacked: a true city center.</p>
Spokane Journal of Business
June 13, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Vancouverites send a sculpture packing, stirring up a debate over the role of public art.</p>
The Canadian Press
June 12, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Santa Monica, CA is succeeding where other larger cities have failed, creating a public WiFi system that actually makes money.</p>
Marketplace
June 12, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A charity in Britain wants to replicate the success of London's heavily used Speaker's Corner in other parts of the country to encourage public interaction and discussion. Some say it's an idea that could never be.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
June 6, 2008, 5am PDT
Many of famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin's optimistic 1970s public spaces are being updated and reconsidered. Historic preservationists fight back, but supporters say, "It's a living, breathing space, not a museum."
The Hook (Charlottesville, VA)
June 4, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>William Fulton reflects on the lasting impact of L.A. developer Robert Maguire III on the city.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Downtown Knoxville has seen many improvements in recent years. This column calls on the city to be careful how it lets private interests use downtown's new public spaces.</p>
Metro Pulse