The Bentway / January 23, 2021

Cycling Safely: The Role of Bikes in Urban Recovery with Dave Shellnutt

Toronto has long been a city of cyclists, but since the COVID crisis began, biking has surged in both popularity and relevance. People looking for alternatives to public transit during the pandemic are taking up biking as a way to navigate the city. And with the acceleration of cycling-friendly initiatives and infrastructure this past summer, many who were once hesitant about biking in the city, now feel safe enough to do so—though much work remains to be done to reach a “vision zero” benchmark of road safety.

Fast Company / January 12, 2021

This nonprofit is turning empty schoolyards into vibrant public parks

In cities around the world, the pandemic has heightened awareness of the need for parks and natural spaces. After months of lockdowns, with many people spending most of their time inside their homes, something as basic as a patch of lawn or tree-shaded corner park has become a vital urban refuge.

Next City / December 14, 2020

The Black Landscapes That Matter

Black landscapes matter. Or they should — but centuries of oppression followed by disinvestment have led to the erasure of many places important to Black history, and the histories behind them. That must change. If spaces and landscapes are to reflect America as it is, then America as it is must be able to see itself in America’s spaces and landscapes.

Trust for Public Land / November 19, 2020

On Election Day, voters overwhelmingly backed parks and open spaces

A record number of Americans, estimated at nearly 160 million, went to the polls to make their voices heard. This past week’s election, while at times exhausting, has left me inspired for the work ahead. We at The Trust for Public Land are eager to take on the most pressing challenges facing our communities.