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Project for Public Spaces / May 31, 2019

A playbook for inclusive placemaking: Community process

In the process of placemaking, questions like who the community is and how to ensure that community voices not only get heard once, but continue to be felt in a public space as it evolves, are common. Read more about Project for Public Spaces recommendations on how to ensure inclusion in public space projects.

Next City / May 23, 2019

How Chicago's South side is creating the "un" High Line

The Englewood Line Trail is bringing new life to a two mile section of the railway line. The project seeks to revitalize this open space with a clear objective to keep community residents involved in planning and in the neighborhood.

Building Bridges Across the River / May 17, 2019

11th Street Bridge Park releases the first of three videos about their equity work

Ensuring that the 11th Street Bridge Park can be an anchor for equitable and inclusive development has been one of the project’s key goals from the very beginning. In an effort to document the importance of community-driven investments and share lessons learned with the broader field, they have created a short film about their approach to equitable development.

CityLab / March 19, 2019

The inequality of America's parks and green space

The United States displays deepening fissures across and within cities by income, education, and race. A new study published by the University of British Columbia analyzed 10 metro areas in the US—including Houston, Chicago, and New York—and found that access to green space is significantly linked to higher education and income levels.

6sqft / March 13, 2019

New York City comptroller proposes turning the BQE into a truck-only roadway with a park on top

Comptroller Scott Stringer has outlined his own proposal to save the crumbling Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Stringer proposes converting the BQE into a truck-only highway with a linear park on top that would stretch for almost two miles. The project’s scope is unprecedented in the US—nearly all capital projects seen in the country cover car-only freeways, unlike the BQE, which carries approximately 14,000 trucks per day.

Next City / March 7, 2019

Why history matters in equitable development planning

A new report published by the Urban Institute is tracking 11th Street Bridge Park’s progress on its Equitable Development Plan, which outlines strategies for affordable housing, workforce development, and cultural equity. The report addresses what it takes to achieve equity in the context of larger challenges that face any entity seeking to produce meaningful gains for historically marginalized groups.

The Guardian / March 6, 2019

Artificial archipelago: Copenhagen plans floating Silicon Valley

Denmark’s capital needs to find a way to repurpose 30 million tons of soil leftover from development projects like the city’s metro expansion. Brian Mikkelsen, head of the Danish Chamber of Commerce, wants nine new islands to form a tech hub and to create a buffer between the city and its rising coastline. Critics argue the plan will increase development and worsen the traffic congestion already present in Copenhagen’s city center.