Next City / December 14, 2020

The Black Landscapes That Matter

Black landscapes matter. Or they should — but centuries of oppression followed by disinvestment have led to the erasure of many places important to Black history, and the histories behind them. That must change. If spaces and landscapes are to reflect America as it is, then America as it is must be able to see itself in America’s spaces and landscapes.

Trust for Public Land / November 19, 2020

On Election Day, voters overwhelmingly backed parks and open spaces

A record number of Americans, estimated at nearly 160 million, went to the polls to make their voices heard. This past week’s election, while at times exhausting, has left me inspired for the work ahead. We at The Trust for Public Land are eager to take on the most pressing challenges facing our communities.

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.”