Public Square / Congress for the New Urbanism / January 18, 2022

Signature park project bridges community divide

Successful equitable development takes work but there are steps and actions organizations can take to ensure local communities are truly involved. The 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. will break ground later this year, but it is the long-term community engagement work that illustrates how time, trust, and collective ownership are vital to successful equitable development.

Yale School of the Environment / January 12, 2022

Protecting Our Urban Parks from the Impacts of Climate Change

The Yale School of the Environment is partnering with the Central Park Conservancy and the Natural Areas Conservancy in a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at helping cities develop strategies to manage and mitigate the impacts of climate change on urban parks.

San Antonio Report / December 16, 2021

Hemisfair’s Civic Park gets OK to start construction in 2022

Civic Park at Hemisfair will finally break ground in 2022. Voters first gave their stamp of approval to Hemisfair’s Civic Park in the 2017 bond program, when they allocated $21 million to build it. Civic Park has since split into a two-phase project, and construction on the first phase is expected to begin in January.

The Dirt / December 15, 2021

New Green Spaces Don’t Have to Lead to Gentrification

Decades of redlining and urban renewal, rooted in racist planning and design policies, created the conditions for gentrification to occur in American cities. But the primary concern with gentrification today is displacement, which primarily impacts marginalized communities shaped by a history of being denied access to mortgages.

Harvard Social Impact Review / December 15, 2021

Escaping Infrastructure’s Shadow Puppets: Lessons From Equitably Repurposing Public Spaces

Washington has a consensus: American infrastructure is overdue for capital improvements and maintenance. The most fervent debates on this topic have focused on how much funding should be allocated. But the most important discussion, even when it comes to hard infrastructure (e.g., rail, bridges, roads, and sidewalks), should be about how funding should be spent.

Park People / November 18, 2021

The Meadoway: Realizing the power of connectivity

Hydro corridors are ubiquitous in cities, and The Meadoway is a new way of thinking about them as sites of recreation, connectivity, wildlife habitat, animal migration and a unique melding of human and natural landscape. “It’s an industrial reuse project,” says Corey Wells, also a Senior Project Manager at TRCA.