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New Year’s Eve Links

Here’s some this and that, not necessarily a “best of” but just some links from the last year on the eve of a new year:

  • The best park projects may have been on the street. Streetsblog gives their 2008 “Streetsie” Awards, with most of the award going to projects that turn streets into non-auto public space. (Streetsblog)
  • Houston opens its own signature downtown park with the opening of Discovery Green – April. (Discovery Green)
  • Santa Fe opens a new Railyard Park, a success story in creating a vibrant urban site from an abandoned railyard – September. (Railyard Park & Plaza.)
  • Bryant Park: So crowded nobody goes there – June. (NY Times)
  • Putting a dollar value on the economic benefits of Philadelphia’s park system – (TPL)
  • And lastly, this past year’s data on park systems of the largest 75 U.S. cities:  1.3 million acres (larger than Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, and Shenandoah National Parks combined); 9,945 playgrounds; 1,283 swimming pools; 379 golf courses; 353 dog parks and total spending $5 billion. (City Park Facts)

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