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Can Parks Do Double Duty? Philadelphia Shows How

July 26, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Can a park be both a stormwater management unit and a recreation area? With proper negotiation, conversation, and careful planning, yes! However, it’s not common that goals easily jibe and that multiple benefits are received enthusiastically by...[read more]

The Changing Design of Urban Housing

July 25, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Last week I reviewed student projects at the local architecture department. One half of the projects dealt with a dis-invested community in Baltimore with most of the design task involving housing. The other half of the projects were part of a...[read more]

The World Bank has a New Climate Action Plan. What's in it for Cities?

July 25, 2016 by Aafrin Kidwai

The World Bank Group’s Climate Action Plan, adopted in April, is designed to help countries meet their COP21 pledges and manage increasing climate impacts.   To achieve these goals, working with cities will be essential: with almost 80% of GHG...[read more]

Getting Creative to Fund Water-Smart Parks

July 22, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Parks can help solve some city stormwater problems, and sometimes stormwater agencies can actually contribute funds to redesign or upgrade parks. However, stormwater funding alone is rarely sufficient for an entire park project, so it is usually necessary to piece together funding from multiple opportunities.[read more]

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Sustainable Waterfront Recreation: Ideas For Cities

July 22, 2016 by Anna Johansson
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For cities located along a major waterfront – whether that’s a lake, river, or ocean – figuring out how to best utilize that space without harming the environment can be a challenge. Many of the most popular activities, such as boating, can be highly polluting, and overdevelopment near the shore can cause problems with erosion, runoff, and contamination. Still, used correctly, waterfront property can be a key part of urban recreation space without contributing to these problems.[read more]

Revitalizing Boise Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure

July 21, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Since 2009, the City of Boise has implemented 28 projects to revitalize historic downtown in a healthy and sustainable way. By adopting innovative and cost-effective solutions to long-standing challenges such as stormwater management and low tree...[read more]