Archive for the ‘Parks in Other Cities’ Category

Hantz Woodlands a New Vision or City Sellout?

Hantz WoodlandsMore than a mere land sale, the Detroit City Council’s 5-4 vote Tuesday to sell about 1,500 lots to the Hantz Woodlands project keeps alive the idea that Detroit will serve as a worldwide center of urban innovation for postindustrial cities. Continue reading

Streets to Parks in Vancouver

Photograph by: Les Bazso , Vancouver Sun

It is, undoubtedly, a modest proposal.

But the fact the city is giving serious consideration to a plan to convert short segments of two city streets in Marpole into public green space is being welcomed by residents who say their community has long been “park deficient” compared to its population. Now, with several high-density housing projects either underway or on the books for the neighbourhood, residents say the need for more park space has never been greater. Continue reading

The Economic Secret of Vacant City Spaces

Last Month from Forbes.com

Most of us feel attached to our neighborhoods, but can this emotional connection help fuel local economies? According to a multi-year study by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the answer is yes: Communities with high levels of attachment actually have higher local GDP growth.

At a time when traditional ways of generating growth, such as tax incentives for new business, are no longer financially viable, this finding is important. Seeing the potential of engaged and attached residents, cities are looking for affordable ways to increase these feelings. Continue reading

Green Acres, that’s the place to be …

Urban parks

Green acres can make a city the place to be

Last July 5, 2007

I found this older article on the CBC website the other day and thought it worth sharing.  Older, sure, but still timely – Ed.

By Sabrina Saccoccio, CBC News

At one Toronto park, you can check your e-mail. Besides Wi-Fi throughout, there’s also regular dancing, Friday night suppers and you can bake bread in wood-fired ovens using techniques and recipes from a park website. Continue reading

Cracking Down on Yoga in the Park

This Week in Atlantic Cities.

In parks and open spaces in cities across the U.S. each morning, it’s easy to fine people stretching and reaching and posing in the blissful serenity of outdoor yoga. But as serene as it may seem, that downward-facing dog pose could be illegal.

Yoga or “boot camp” or any other paid fitness class taking place in a public park is a criminal activity, according to D.C. Council member Tommy Wells. He argues that these classes are making money from participants and are therefore a violation of a city law prohibiting private companies from conducting commercial activity at parks. Continue reading

How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain

There has never been any doubt in my mind that a close, or even a passing, encounter with the natural world on a regular and frequent basis, is restorative to mental and physical health.  This week in The Atlantic Cities, Eric Jaffe summarizes a few studies that prove the point  – Ed.
From The Atlantic Cities this week – Eric Jaffe  Jul 16, 2012

A couple weeks ago the folks at Cracked told readers that “living in a city makes you dumber.” There are a number of flaws here — beyond the obvious one of getting your science news from Cracked — but the research at the center of the claim has some relevance to cities worth considering nonetheless. What it tells us is not so much a story about the hazards of city living as it is about the benefits of city parks. Continue reading

Our Newly Lush Life

I found this is the New York Times this weekend in the OP.ED pages
By                     Published: July 14, 2012

WHENEVER you doubt that the future can improve upon the past or that government can play a pivotal role in that, consider and revel in the extraordinary greening of New York.

This city looks nothing — nothing — like it did just a decade and a half ago. It’s a place of newly gorgeous waterfront promenades, of trees, tall grasses and blooming flowers on patches of land and peninsulas of concrete and even stretches of rail tracks that were blighted or blank before. It’s a lush retort to the pessimism of this era, verdant proof that growth remains possible, at least with the requisite will and the right strategies. Continue reading