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Travel Destination: City Parks

Two articles in the New York Times this weekend highlight the importance parks can play in drawing tourists to a city. In its 36 Hours series, the Times spends a good chunk of its article talking up San Diego’s parks, saying “there’s no better indoctrination to San Diego’s laid-back style than a stroll along the Embarcadero, a two-mile stretch of downtown waterfront where a gentle sea breeze will lull you into a zombie-like state in no time.” And then saying “no visit to San Diego is complete without a visit to Balboa Park.”

Another article in the Times talks of using Bryant Park as a base for a weekend in New York, suggesting travelers to “spend a good chunk of your weekend in the park and taking in the attractions and eating places of its immediate surroundings”

Cities may not sufficiently recognize that well maintained and interesting parks are draws for tourists, and if unkempt and shoddy, could push them away on the flip side. Leaders looking to draw visitors and their cash might take note.

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