Brookings / January 20, 2019

The US needs a new approach to invest in resilient infrastructure and communities

As the magnitude of climate challenges increases, communities need to continue to experiment with new approaches and proactively invest in more resilient stormwater infrastructure. If community leaders and infrastructure decision makers demonstrate—and communicate—the value of these investments, they may find it easier to pilot alternative projects and realize broader community benefits.

Energy News Network / January 18, 2019

In Minneapolis, low-income neighborhoods see influx of clean energy investment

Minneapolis is starting to see an influx of solar panel installations in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. This is an early result of a new program, “green zones,” which targets investments in these areas without displacing existing residents and businesses.

The Washington Post / January 17, 2019

People are happier in states that spend more money on public places like parks and libraries

A new study published in the journal Social Science Research finds that people in the United States report greater levels of happiness in states that spend more money on public goods such as parks, libraries, infrastructure, and public safety. The author, Patrick Flavin, notes that the happiness boost from public-goods spending is roughly the same across a wide range of demographic variables: race, income, education, etc. suggesting public spending on categories accessible to everyone has an effect on the well-being of everyone.

Next City / January 10, 2019

Charlottesville fights back against its racist zoning demons

In the public realm, zoning elicits a range of reactions across cities, and Charlottesville is no different. Existing zoning restrictions have made the city’s tight housing market even tighter, and there’s fear within lower income communities that denser zoning will greatly increase gentrification and displacement.

Civil Eats / January 1, 2019

The Bronx City Park is making public land forage-friendly

The neighborhood surrounding the park is considered a “food desert,” where fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables are hard to come by. Combining public space with edible gardens, the Bronx River Foodway might be the future of public park design.

CityLab / December 26, 2018

2018 was the year of the aspirational park

High-impact design was a recurring theme for parks that opened in 2018, and so was the hope that parks can unite and invigorate cities. Tulsa’s Gathering Place, Toronto’s Bentway, and Detroit’s Riverfront Conservancy are all being transformed into green spaces exhibiting the latest in equitable and resilient design.