Bloomberg / May 17, 2022

Here’s How to Get Infrastructure Funds to Smaller Cities

When President Joe Biden signed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law six months ago, it was hailed as a historic investment in America’s physical needs and an opportunity for transformative impact on challenges like climate change and racial wealth equity. But whether the money is allocated to the most deserving and important projects that move our nation forward will depend in no small part on whether cities and towns of all sizes, from all regions, submit strong applications for the aid. And that is easier said than done.

The Boston Globe / May 10, 2022

How do we memorialize the pandemic?

THROUGHOUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, temporary memorials have paid tribute to those lives claimed by the virus. They serve as quiet places to mourn loved ones and a chance to comprehend the enormity of the pandemic — more than 6 million dead worldwide.

The New York Times / April 28, 2022

What Role Do Parks Play in Your Life?

What are the parks like in your community? What do you and your family and friends do there? What is your favorite park? Why

Reimagining the Civic Commons / April 12, 2022

Why 3 Cities Are Using ARPA Funds to Boost Civic Infrastructure

It’s been more than a year since the American Rescue Plan Act, known as ARPA, was passed into law. This historic, $1.9 trillion package of stimulus funding was designed by Congress to address the ongoing economic crisis resulting from COVID-19, and to build upon the first federal COVID funding package, the legislation passed in 2020 known as the CARES Act.

Star Tribune / March 21, 2022

Anonymous donor buys northern Minnesota ski resort for parkland

The chair lifts are gone, and the Bavaria-themed lodge has fallen into disrepair. Val Chatel was once a thriving ski resort in the Mississippi River headwaters near Park Rapids. Nestled in the forested hills around Deep Lake, it was a popular site for wedding receptions as well as short downhill runs.

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Trust for Public Land, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute / March 1, 2022

India Basin Waterfront Park's Equitable Development Plan

The India Basin Waterfront Park Project partners, made up of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Trust for Public Land, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute, are excited to share with you the Equitable Development Plan (EDP) for this transformative renovation. The landmark plan, a first for San Francisco, ensures this waterfront park will benefit current Bayview-Hunters Point residents while preserving the culture and identity of the historic neighborhood. It provides a blueprint for delivering a park designed by and for the community while improving economic opportunity and environmental health for its residents.

American Planning Association / January 27, 2022

How to Create Shovel-Worthy Infrastructure

Human beings are hardwired to seek out what we define as “wellbeing”: connection and belonging; safety; familiarity and predictability; purposeful and creative influence on our surroundings and future; and access to food, shelter, and other resources without shame or danger. Wellbeing is about being whole, as individuals and communities. While health and wellness are part of this, wellbeing reaches much further and deeper. It’s foundational.