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Some news from around…

  • This week’s opening of Columbus Commons, a downtown park on the site of an old mall, already has people anticipating a strong residential and commercial market response (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • In Seattle, landscape architect James Corner unveiled “big ideas” for a more accessible, walkable waterfront with numerous parks jutting out into Elliott Bay (The Seattle Times)
  • St. Louis looks to keep up with the trend of elevated parks, and is moving forward slowly with plans to turn an abandoned railroad trestle into a 1.5 mile linear park (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • In a photo tour of Seattle, Lawrence Cheek analyzes the successes and failures of public spaces, many of which he finds “dreary and uninviting” (Crosscut Seattle)
  • The upcoming arrival of a light rail line and the space shuttle Endeavour at Los Angeles’ Exposition Park is prompting many to rethink how the park fits into, and is shaped by, the city’s complex urban fabric (Los Angeles Times)
  • The long-awaited summer has finally reached even the most northern climes, and now urban thinkers are evaluating downtown parks with fresh eyes. Robert Campbell asks how the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway could be improved and better used (The Boston Globe)
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s renovation of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis could help vault Peavey Plaza to new heights – possibly becoming the city’s signature park (Finance and Commerce)

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