parks

Kaid Benfield

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

Kaid Benfield

The Important Difference Between a Public Space and a 'Common'

On building places that give a community its identity, and knit us together.

Jennifer Hattam

Centuries-Old Gardens Are the Latest Battleground in Istanbul

The ongoing debate raises bigger questions about who benefits from the city's changing landscape.

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The Latest Scourge Afflicting Our Parks: Outdoor Yoga Classes?

Denver and Santa Monica are cracking down on fitness classes in public spaces.

Reuters

Turkey's Protests Just Might End Peacefully

Officials suspend plans to raze Gezi Park.

Trust for Public Land

What We Can Learn About a City by Mapping Its Parks

New data from the Trust for Public Land illuminates which neighborhoods offer excellent green space access ... and which really don't.

New Yorkers for Parks

The Heart of a New York Park Is for Sale in Stadium Deal

A plan to build a soccer stadium raises this question: If you have enough money, you really can buy anything in New York?

Brandon Beasley

The Calgary Park That's United Historic Preservationists and Parkour Athletes

The city wants to renovate Century Gardens Park, but two unlikely groups are fighting to save it.

BIG

BIG's Newest Park Is Modelled After ... a City

The gigantic French green space is being billed as a "metropolis of retail, culture, and leisure."

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The Completely Puzzling Relationship Between City Population and Parks

Why do some cities – and neighborhoods – have so much more "urban nature" than others?

6 Hyper Exotic Urban Gardens

A surprisingly large number involve cars.

Reuters

Paris's Newest Lawnmowers Are ... A Flock of Black Sheep

It's all part of the city's new "eco-grazing" effort.

richmondsfblog.com

An Awful Person Destroyed Golden Gate Park's 'Fairy Door'

San Francisco just got a little less whimsical.

Nate Hommel

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

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L.A.'s Parklets Have Gotten Quite Fancy

Cardio bikes, swing seats and foosball.

What the Urban Coyote Can Teach Us About Nature in Cities

The challenge of reprogramming our urban spaces.

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Why Sick Trees Make for Sick People

The strange, fascinating relationship between the health of trees and the health of people.

The Case for Shared Green Spaces

 A recently revitalized "pocket neighborhood" in Little Rock strengthens the area and protects the environment.

REBAR

San Francisco's Parklet Built Out of a Citroën H Van Might Be Shut Down

The van, in particular, is drawing officials' ire.