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Pokémon Go Adds a New Layer to Public Spaces

July 21, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Is Pokémon Go — the explosively popular game app released worldwide this month — a way to get people off their sofas and into parks and other public spaces?[read more]

Making Room: Finding the Space in Urban Parks for Stormwater Management

July 20, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In all considerations of urban stormwater management, space is a factor. A prime difficulty with liberating a stream from a fortified channel is that it then requires a wider footprint – but over the years that historic floodplain has usually been covered with housing, shops or industry. Now there is an aggressive program to buy out willing sellers in the flood zone, remove built structures, and turn the land into open space.[read more]

How to Design a Family-Friendly Urban Home

July 20, 2016 by Jillian Glover

Single-family homes are now out of reach for 99.9% of the population. We already see families in Europe, Japan and Hong Kong embracing compact housing in order to live in cities. Here is what urban families look for in a compact attached home in the city (i.e. condo, row home, townhouse, duplex, etc.).[read more]

Portland, Oregon is Recycling One of its Outdated Bridges

July 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

The enormous economic undertaking to fix crumbling infrastructure may block any nationwide initiative to repair our bridges, however it creates the opportunity for cities to think creatively and remedy the problem locally. As a sustainable trend setter, Portland, Oregon is tackling the issue head on through recycling nearly 100% of the construction material towards new uses after the deconstruction of the Sellwood Bridge.[read more]

Urban Planning "Games" A Novel Approach to an Old Problem

How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game?[read more]

Is Your Park System Fair?

July 18, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Probably not. Maybe in the historically ethnic sections of town too many parks have broken-down playgrounds or a few too many weeds. Maybe over the past couple of years, dollars have been flowing heavily to the same few parts of town. If so, your...[read more]