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Next City / February 18, 2019

No place left to go: Business districts keep homeless populations on the move

Homelessness sparks heated battles over conflicting rights—the right of poor and homeless people to make use of public spaces versus the right of businesses to deter panhandling. Cities like Denver have created urban camping bans, which are spurring debates about the degree of influence that private interests, as represented by Business Improvement Districts, should exercise over the management of public space.

The Japan Times / February 15, 2019

Nature-short Bangkok debates whether to turn 'last' big green space into park or mall

The fate of the Makkasan area, a green space in the middle of Bangkok, is pitting communities and conservationists against developers and cash-strapped authorities. A group of Bangkok residents has launched a social media campaign called the Makkasan Hope project to push for a redevelopment of the space that will include a park, a rail museum, and the preservation of many old buildings instead of a mall.

Curbed / February 6, 2019

A coast-to-coast bike trail is coming to the US

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the nation’s largest trails organization, recently announced their vision for the Great American Rail-Trail—a mega bike trail that would connect 4,000 miles of rail-trail and other multi-use trails to form a path across the country from Washington, DC to Washington State.

CityLab / February 5, 2019

Paris will finally let you have a little fun in public parks

Paris’s parks and gardens may be beautiful, but they’ve always had strict rules on how to enjoy the green spaces. Many of Paris’s public gardens have loosened their rules since the start of the new year—part of the City Hall-led drive to make Paris greener and more pleasant to live in.

Oregon Metro / February 4, 2019

Connect with Nature brings authentic community engagement to parks planning

In Portland, Oregon, the Metro Council is working with businesses and residents in the metropolitan area to plan for the future. In the process of planning two new parks, Metro empowered community partners and members from African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Indigenous, and immigrant and refugee communities to sit in the planner’s seat and guide the park design process and outcome.

Next City / January 31, 2019

Who will benefit from Miami's new rails-to-trails park?

The Underline, a 10-mile linear park below Miami’s MetroRail, has the potential to make the city more equitable by prioritizing affordable housing initiatives so everyone can benefit from the amenity. Several “rails-to-trails” projects around the U.S., like The BeltLine and the High Line, have grappled with concerns of lessened affordability and increased gentrification—and the Underline will have to grapple with it as well.

CityLab / January 29, 2019

Alongside new light rail stations, Seattle plans affordable housing

Affordable apartments near reliable public transportation aren’t always easy to find. Sound Transit, Puget Sound’s transportation authority, is working on a light rail expansion and will work with local agencies to fill many pieces of leftover land with affordable housing.

CityLab / January 25, 2019

Buenos Aires's waterfront "Youth District" stirs debate

Argentina’s capital hopes to revitalize 145 acres of its riverfront by establishing a ‘Youth District,’ a proposed recreational area that will—as part of rezoning—feature private bars, restaurants and clubs. Critics argue that the plan is socially exclusive and commercial, and poses an environmental risk. Some activists worry the project will make the area more prone to flooding, which is a regular occurrence in Buenos Aires—last spring, flash floods caused the evacuation of hundreds of residents.