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Time / February 28, 2019

Spending just 20 minutes in a park makes you happier

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve health and happiness. A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research shows that within minutes of entering a green space, stress, blood pressure, and heart rate can decrease.

CityLab / February 27, 2019

Why Hong Kong is claiming gold greens for new housing

Hong Kong’s real estate market is the least affordable in the world. In a controversial decision, the government of Hong Kong announced it will seize 80 acres of land from a golf club to build public housing.

Plan Philly / February 27, 2019

Six ways Philadelphia can create more equitable, imaginative, and inviting spaces

Civic spaces across Philadelphia are changing. The ways these spaces are contributing to a stronger and more inclusive city include: providing compensation to community members who participate in the design process, grounding the design to serve local needs, supporting equitable growth measures when civic assets increase property and real estate values.

Curbed / February 25, 2019

At a new seaside park, landscaping becomes the playground

Enota, an architecture studio based in Slovenia, has completed the design of a new urban park in the Slovenian port city of Koper. The overhaul of the site seeks to connect two separate parts of town—waterfront area and redevelopment area—into a cohesive whole.

Next City / February 18, 2019

No place left to go: Business districts keep homeless populations on the move

Homelessness sparks heated battles over conflicting rights—the right of poor and homeless people to make use of public spaces versus the right of businesses to deter panhandling. Cities like Denver have created urban camping bans, which are spurring debates about the degree of influence that private interests, as represented by Business Improvement Districts, should exercise over the management of public space.

The Japan Times / February 15, 2019

Nature-short Bangkok debates whether to turn 'last' big green space into park or mall

The fate of the Makkasan area, a green space in the middle of Bangkok, is pitting communities and conservationists against developers and cash-strapped authorities. A group of Bangkok residents has launched a social media campaign called the Makkasan Hope project to push for a redevelopment of the space that will include a park, a rail museum, and the preservation of many old buildings instead of a mall.

Curbed / February 6, 2019

A coast-to-coast bike trail is coming to the US

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the nation’s largest trails organization, recently announced their vision for the Great American Rail-Trail—a mega bike trail that would connect 4,000 miles of rail-trail and other multi-use trails to form a path across the country from Washington, DC to Washington State.

CityLab / February 5, 2019

Paris will finally let you have a little fun in public parks

Paris’s parks and gardens may be beautiful, but they’ve always had strict rules on how to enjoy the green spaces. Many of Paris’s public gardens have loosened their rules since the start of the new year—part of the City Hall-led drive to make Paris greener and more pleasant to live in.