Earth Institute at Columbia University / November 12, 2020

City Parks: A Lifesaver During COVID Winter

Urban parks became a lifesaver this summer. In many cities across the northern hemisphere, people took advantage of the warmer months to go outside for a much-needed respite after weeks of stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as colder weather looms on the horizon, is there still a role to for parks to play?

Park People / November 10, 2020

Why We Must Make Parks Safe and Welcoming this Winter

During the first wave of COVID-19, Park People’s survey of 1600 Canadians found almost three-quarters reported that their appreciation for parks and green spaces had increased. Also, 82% of Canadians reported that parks have become more important to their mental health during COVID.

Lonely Planet / November 5, 2020

The first stretch of Miami's new 10-mile linear park is set to open

The first section of The Underline, a long-awaited 10-mile linear park in Miami, is opening on November 16. The walkway is designed by the same firm that oversaw New York City’s now-famous High Line and is regenerating the spaces below Miami’s Metrorail system to a destination for urban hikers and art lovers.

Publicola / November 4, 2020

For a True "15 Minute City," We Need Action, Not Rhetoric

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has repeatedly referred to the “15-Minute City” concept as a way of recovering from COVID-19. In the September 19 Durkan Digest, the mayor said she had directed Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development to “explore the concept of a ’15 Minute City,’ as a potential framework for the next major Comprehensive Plan.”

The Toronto Star / October 20, 2020

As we reimagine public spaces amid COVID-19 how do we make them more inclusive? Toronto’s Bentway asked artists and activists

Cities around the world have reimagined public space throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help residents get moments of exercise, fresh air and some sort of distanced social interaction. In Toronto, entire roads were closed to make way for cyclists and joggers as part of ActiveTO. Its sister program, CafeTO also closed roads so that restaurants could extend outdoor patios in lieu of indoor dining. Circles were painted on the grounds of Trinity Bellwoods park so that people could still gather while physical distancing.

October 20, 2020

Green Gentrification: Race and Class Exclusion in an Urban National Park

The completion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, with its new system of giant locks for ocean-going vessels on the other side of the river from Montreal, rendered the Lachine Canal largely redundant. Its final closure in 1970, fifty years ago this year, triggered a debate over its future as well as the future of the deindustrializing neighbourhoods that adjoin it. Who was the canal to be redeveloped for?

CityCommentary / October 14, 2020

Equity and Parks

These past six months have been more challenging to downtowns than any I remember – and I’ve been working on, investing in and living in downtowns for almost half a century.  We are being asked to reconsider everything we believe about downtowns – why they are important, and how they work.

The City Fix / October 5, 2020

Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities

As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much green they are likely to see.