- The Congressional Urban Parks Task Force met this week, where panelists emphasized the economic value of urban parks and praised the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Acts (H.R. 3734). The Dirt published a thorough summary.
- Blair Kamin critiques the green roof movement in Chicago, highlighting the successes of the City Hall Roof and Millennium Park and calling for more thoughtfully-planned, high-quality roofs throughout the city. (Chicago Tribune)
- The Economist reports that bikeability, good planning and abundant parks distinguish Portland, OR as an elite and desirable city.
- Another major street closure cum pedestrian plaza planned for New York City. Bloomberg administration begins new push to close 34th street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, adjacent to the Empire State Building and Herald Square Park. New York Times
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