Public Parks

June 10, 2011, 6am PDT
The sudden appearance of a ping pong table in a public park in Dallas is a perfect example of the concept of emergence in cities, according to this post on <em>Pegasus News</em>.
Pegasus News
May 23, 2011, 1pm PDT
Landscape architect James Corner, whose eponymous firm designed the High Line, turns its attention to Seattle. Last week, Corner presented his plans for reorienting the city towards the waterfront.
The Seattle Times
May 17, 2011, 2pm PDT
Ryan Donahue of the Trust for Public Land says that it depends on age, health, time availability, quality of surroundings, safety, climate, and many other factors.
City Parks Blog
May 17, 2011, 12pm PDT
When people love a city, it succeeds. That's the semi-obvious conclusion of a recent survey. So why aren't we working hard to make cities people will love?
The Infrastructurist
March 28, 2011, 10am PDT
Stacy Passmore writes that public spaces "take on a different form and meaning in a West African city."
re:place Magazine
March 17, 2011, 9am PDT
Joe C. Stuart donated parkland to the city of Cleveland, Tennessee in 1979 under the stipulation that it be used as a place for quiet contemplation. The city has since built a bandstand and held concerts there, and Stuart's heirs aren't happy.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
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 27, 2010, 10am PST
A new Independence Mall stands in the historic heart of Philadelphia, a decade after the old mall's demolition. According to <em>The Inquirer's</em> Inga Saffron, the new space has been a major boon for tourists but has alienated many city residents.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2010, 10am PST
A new book shows that even small parks have the potential to engage social and ecological issues through thoughtful design.
re:place Magazine
December 13, 2010, 10am PST

New York City's High Line was an instant success when it opened in the rapidly gentrifying Meatpacking District in June of 2009.

Lynn Vande Stouwe
December 7, 2010, 10am PST
Today Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the ambitious 'Green 2015' plan to turn approximately 500 acres of city land into public green space over the next five years, with a focus on bringing parks to currently underserved communities.
December 5, 2010, 9am PST
Linda Baker reviews the new Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon, which she says "resembles an elegant Italian piazza."
Metropolis Magazine
October 23, 2010, 11am PDT
In Knoxville, Tennessee, a neighborhood association has asked the city to sell off one of its parks. The reason? They have a surfeit of park space and want to focus their attention on another park nearby.
Knox News
September 26, 2010, 9am PDT
Authorities in Los Angeles are working on a grand plan to unify the city's core with a new Downtown Civic Park Project.
Design Under Sky
September 8, 2010, 6am PDT
Dallas, Texas is building a new park on a deck over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, a strategy for creating new public spaces that is being tried across the country.
Governing Magazine
July 17, 2010, 11am PDT
Where the Bay Bridge touches down in San Francisco, a new plan is in the works to turn a motley collection of underused spaces into a vibrant park.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
July 15, 2010, 9am PDT
Christopher Hawthorne says that new Civic Park in downtown Los Angeles, which breaks ground this morning, "shows the strain" of trying to reconcile differing visions, but it also has "a coherent aesthetic identity."
The Los Angeles Times
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
February 4, 2010, 1pm PST
Other cities have opened up tall buildings to the public; Pittsburgh envisions doing the same with US Steel, which has a 1-acre flat roof.
PopCity Magazine
November 24, 2009, 10am PST
Boston's Big Dig was supposed to result in a series of glorious, connected public spaces. Two years after the project's completion, the state is finally making the connections a reality.
The Boston Globe