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Harvard Magazine / February 17, 2021

Shaping Cities

Stephen Gray pioneers equitable urban design.

Next City / February 10, 2021

Can a Park Prevent Gentrification?

The upheavals of the past year – the pandemic, recession, protests over racial injustice and a violent insurrection at the Capitol — have laid bare the great fissures in American society. Today we are a nation deeply divided by income, race, and class. Amid calls for healing and justice, President Biden promises to “build back better,” with development that promotes racial and economic equity.

The Nature Conservancy / February 5, 2021

5 Ways to Stand Up for Racial Justice in Nature

If you love nature—and believe everyone should have a healthy environment where they can live and play—here are 5 things you can do right now to help build more justice in our natural world.

Safe in Public Space / February 3, 2021

Shared Governance: A Democratic Future for Public Spaces

Picture Berczy Park in Toronto – before the cute dog statues were added to the fountain. On a hot summer day at this modest little slice of green in an otherwise busy downtown area, a woman decides to sit on the fountain’s edge.

Trust for Public Land / February 1, 2021

Explore 15 parks honoring Black history

The National Register of Historic Places lists over 95,000 entries, from the famous (the Statue of Liberty) to the infamous (Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay) to the downright strange (a six-story elephant statue outside of Atlantic City named Lucy). Despite the extraordinary range of places that have earned a spot on the register, just two percent of its sites focus on the experiences of Black Americans, according to a recent story in the New Yorker.

Architectural Digest / February 1, 2021

How an Unlikely Plot of Land Will Transform Miami

In 2013, Friends of The Underline founder Meg Daly had a bike accident and broke both of her arms. Unable to drive herself to physical therapy, she began taking the Miami Metrorail, an often overlooked means of transportation.

Daily News / January 29, 2021

It’s simple: Parks build democracy

Today, when one looks at the coffers of the American project, it might seem easy to despair at what seems an empty cupboard. In a time when 75 million people vehemently believe one thing and 80 million people believe the other, how can our country move ahead under a common idea?