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Some news from around…

  • Los Angeles is working to expand the successful Summer Night Lights program, which leaves lights on until midnight and provides supervised activities at public parks in an effort to provide a safe haven from gang activity. (WPRI.com)
  • The completion of the Scioto Mile, a centerpiece riverfront park in Columbus, Ohio, has highlighted the need for measures to control sewer overflows and improve water quality. (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • A proposal to allow cyclists to share pedestrian paths crossing Central Park has bicycling advocates, residents, and park leaders thinking about the relationship between parks and different modes of transportation. (The New York Times)
  • Santa Monica, like other areas of Southern California that have long under-emphasized the public realm, is seeking to reverse its course in dramatic fashion, with two new downtown parks designed by James Corner of High Line fame. (Los Angeles Times)
  • A pier currently being used as a parking lot, and previously as an industrial site, is set to be converted into a park in an area of New York City with the lowest ratio of parks to residents and office workers. (The New York Times)
  • San Diego, where discussions surrounding park planning have traditionally been muted, is in the midst of some contentious debates about the future of its signature parks. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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