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Some news from around…

  • Need some exercise after eating too much this Thanksgiving?  Here is a review of choice locations for fall leaf-gazing in New York City’s parks (The New York Times)
  • Does your neighborhood have a problem with speeding traffic?  How about inserting a park into the street?  San Francisco completes its final “Pavement to Parks” plaza with a new 7,500 square foot space (Streetsblog San Francisco)
  • Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signs off on plan to refurbish the National Mall, calling it “America’s Front Yard” (NPR)
  • Researchers in St. Louis release a sobering analysis of parks and walking facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods, noting that low-quality amenities are a significant factor in public health issues (St. Louis Beacon)
  • An urban agriculture organization in Oakland is set to receive a $4 million grant to turn a brownfield site into an innovative, multi-use “urban farm and park” (Grist)
  • San Jose is weighing options for putting millions of dollars worth of unspent park development fees to use, hoping to finance the construction and maintenance of parks across the city (Mercury News)

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