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Some news from around…

  • Seattle’s voters approved the Parks and Green Spaces Levy in 2008, financing the development of more than 20 new neighborhood parks – but is new construction coming at the expense of existing parks? (The Seattle Times)
  • In reaction to public opposition to financing Brooklyn Bridge Park by building high-rise apartments, a consulting agency has released a report detailing a number of alternative strategies – none of which, it turns out, seem to be any less controversial than the towers (Gothamist)
  • In Miami, parks officials are surprised by the outcry over the installation of public exercise equipment in a neighborhood park (The Miami Herald)
  • An article from The Dirt highlights two competing visions of future urban development: high-tech greenfield developments or investments in the livability of existing urban areas, exemplified by TPL’s schoolyards-to-playgrounds initiative in New York City (The Dirt)
  • As a much-publicized feud over a bike lane alongside New York’s Prospect Park unfolds, another debate about the conduct of cyclists, cars and pedestrians is playing out in Central Park (Gothamist)
  • Working to increase park access and improve public health, Louisville is starting a new weekend bus route (featuring buses capable of holding up to six bicycles) that will connect numerous neighborhoods with trails and parks (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • Santa Monica has released plans for an oceanside central park that is being financed with city redevelopment funds – a resource whose future is uncertain as California tries to reduce its budget shortfall (LAist)

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