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Parks Can Do Double-Duty as Green Infrastructure

July 29, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Historic 4th Ward Park / Beltlandia.comCity Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), makes a strong case for leveraging public parks to manage stormwater. The report offers several useful case studies that explain the challenges and opportunities involved in...[read more]

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Investing In Sustainability: How the Tech Industry Is Changing Our Cities

July 28, 2016 by Anna Johansson

When it comes to efforts at sustainability, cities may not be the first place that comes to mind. Major metropolitan areas often struggle with pollution and overcrowding; many suffer from poor air quality.[read more]

Go Pokémon GO!: The Social Life of Virtual Urban Spaces

July 28, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Perhaps foreshadowing its future, here Pikachu (the most famous of the Pokémon) and a Pokeball, floats through the streets of NYC in 2007 | Image by Rian CastilloSince its launch only a few weeks ago, Pokémon GO has become a global phenomenon, and the public’s response to the mobile game has been both positive and negative. This comes as...[read more]

Design Competition: A More Resilient West Palm Beach

July 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

 Shore to Core / Van Alen Institute and West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment AgencyWest Palm Beach, a city of nearly 100,000 some 70 miles north of Miami, is grappling with how to protect itself from sea level rise. Much of this long, thin 50-square-mile city fronts the Atlantic Ocean. While in the past this form of development...[read more]

Challenges to Implementing Green Streets for Stormwater Management

July 27, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Using green streets for stormwater management has become popular in many cities because they allow engineers, planners, and municipal officials to integrate water quality and regulatory compliance with pedestrian access, safety, traffic calming, multimodal transportation, enhanced community livability, urban greening, aesthetic...[read more]

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 every constituent. A rain garden can be beautiful, but if it replaces a soccer field, it might...[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 emissions emanating from urban areas, cities are among the biggest contributors to climate...[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 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]