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Curbed / May 9, 2018

Philly’s long-awaited Rail Park has an opening date

Despite a series of delays, the first section of Philadelphia’s highly-anticipated Rail Park will open to the public on June 14th. This phase stretches along a quarter mile of the former Reading Viaduct rail line, from Callowhill to North Broad and Noble Street.

Next City / April 25, 2018

Who benefits when a city goes green?

Going green is a cornerstone of contemporary urban policy planning—and cultivating a green identity has become vital in boosting a city’s economic profile. But in the race to develop these initiatives, some cities are proving better at the branding than in actually creating affordable, equitable green spaces for all citizens, according to a new policy book examining urban greening and social equity.

Next City / April 19, 2018

Buffalo dipping its toes into another linear park pool

While there seems to be significant community support around a proposal to transform a neglected elevated railroad line into a linear park in Buffalo, New York, there’s some concern that the participants in the planning process don’t represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the city.

MinnPost / April 10, 2018

How one St. Paul community is using an equity scorecard to direct neighborhood change

A new flurry of construction on St. Paul’s West Side has prompted discussion within the community about what development should look like in their neighborhood. Over the last year, the West Side Community Organization has been working to create an equitable development scorecard that residents can use to evaluate future development in the neighborhood and weigh in on planning decisions.

Crain's Detroit Business / April 10, 2018

Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye selected to transform Detroit's West Riverfront Park

This week, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced that New York City-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and British architect David Adjaye have won the international design competition for the $50 million transformation of the West Riverfront Park. Their design proposal for the 22-acre, river-adjacent park includes plans for a beach, multiple pavilions, and a small isle for roosting birds.