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Some news from around….

  • Some great before and after photos of the High Line in New York City from Hyperallergic. The verdict seems to be in that elevated parks are cool.
  • David Brooks writes that future American growth is going to be found in suburban villages. Suburbs looking to create “centers” might find just that in more traditional urban parks and plazas they really don’t otherwise have. One example is Burnsville, Minnesota’s “Heart of the City” project, with the nice Nicollet Commons Park.
  • Famed Danish planner Jan Gehl sits down with the Sierra Club, saying: “I’m speaking quite a bit about humanistic planning, or the “people dimension” and the “human dimension” in city planning, and by using that phrase I mean planning where you put an emphasis on the people walking and bicycling and also on public life in general. That means you start with the people and end with all the other things. . . . You start with the people and have motor traffic and buildings as second priorities.” Read the entire interview, and see exactly what he’s talking about.
  • Lastly, Project for Public Spaces takes a look at the “mounting evidence that [placemaking] can create lasting, sustainable prosperity for communities- even in places not usually associated with good news.” This is a nice piece that shows parks are about building economically healthy places.

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