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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 canopy cover, Boise has emerged as a leader in green stormwater infrastructure.In the past,...[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]

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 city wouldn’t be alone in this. Many places are trying to do better. In Minneapolis, this...[read more]

Highways Can Help Pollinators Return to Health

July 14, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Compost-spreading tactics to encourage native plants that both control erosion and attract pollinators / CaltransIn the face of rapidly-declining bee populations, farms across the country are under threat. In California, officials are now pioneering new methods to boost the health of the honeybees and butterflies, according to a recent...[read more]

Public Space at the Crossroads of Everything

July 11, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

“The urban community has become lost in strategic planning, master-planning, zoning and landscaping… All these have their own purposes, of course—but they don’t address the principal question, which is the relationship in a city between public space and buildable space.” — Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HabitatPublic space is...[read more]

Detroit Aims for Food Sovereignty

July 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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Plum street market garden / Jared GreenThere are 165 acres of urban gardens and farms under cultivation in Detroit, Michigan. In a tour, Ken Weikal, ASLA, co-founder of the non-profit GrowTown and the firm Ken Weikal Landscape Architecture, explained that everyone from Capuchin Monks to non-profit cooperatives, university labs to self-...[read more]

Toronto: A Tale Of Three Cities

In 1998, the cities of Etobicoke, York, East York, North York, Scarborough, and Toronto, making up Metropolitan Toronto, were amalgamated into the City of Toronto. In 2014, the Rotary Clubs in Scarborough (coalition of 5 different Rotary Clubs in Scarborough) saw that one of the former municipalities, Scarborough, had close to half of...[read more]

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Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?

July 7, 2016 by Rose Rennar

When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next. From the West African black rhinoceros that is now officially...[read more]

City planners, waste professionals breathe new life into fallen alleyways

July 7, 2016 by Waste Dive

Credit: Waterfront Partnerhip, Healthy Harbor InitiativeUrban alleys, once bursting with thick fruit trees and teams of kids kicking balls, are being choked out by rotting garbage, rats, and rusted barbed wire fringes.Some cities like Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, and Baltimore are reclaiming these spaces, transforming...[read more]