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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?

SPUR / January 25, 2021

Coexistence in Public Space

As more and more Bay Area residents find themselves without homes, many have defaulted to living in public parks, plazas and squares. These spaces were not designed to be homes, however, and housed users often voice concerns that the presence of unhoused residents renders spaces unwelcoming or even unsafe.

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.