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News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities

Open Voices News Roundup: July 30

07/30/12 | View Comments
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back every Monday for our news roundups. Read more
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Friday Flower: Name this Bloom!

07/27/12 | View Comments

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is?

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Health Benefits of Urban Greening: A Q&A with Kathy Wolf

07/26/12 | View Comments
In this interview, we talk about health benefits and necessities of urban greening, urban landscapes, why trees aid cities in everything from transportation to shopping, and much more. Read more
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A Renaissance of Jobs and Positive Change: How Green Spaces Can Create Both

07/25/12 | View Comments

ASLA’s excellent blog The Dirt was also at the Greater & Greener (see our coverage here) conference in New York City last week, and has two wonderful posts up recapping some important sessions that took place. The sessions, while focusing on different topics, both spoke to an idea that we firmly believe in — that green spaces and urban nature can have a net positive change in communities, and in many areas that one may not expect.

In a post titled “Parks = Jobs”, The Dirt notes that:

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Open Voices News Roundup: July 23

07/23/12 | View Comments
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back every Monday for our news roundups. Read more
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Friday Flower: Name this Bloom!

07/20/12 | View Comments

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is?

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Open Voices News Roundup: The Greater & Greener Version

07/18/12 | View Comments
Tuesday marked the last day of “Greater & Greener: Re-Imagining Parks for 21st Century Cities,” the excellent summit put on by City Parks Alliance in New York City. But while the panels are over and the attendees have scattered back home across the globe, the ideas and discussions that sparked at the conference will launch some great new initiatives and movements. Lots of interesting news also came out of the conference this week -- so here is this week's roundup, with a Greater & Greener bent! Read more
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Greater & Greener Report: Funding the New Green City

07/17/12 | View Comments

“Alternative funding models for parks, while essential to helping our cities add and keep open space, are also raising many questions. How do we keep the public dollars in parks? How does a city balance the needs of downtown investment with neighborhood development? How can we marry private sector innovation with equitable provision of space in all kinds of neighborhoods? How can public space and private development be designed together for a better result for both?”

These were the important — and tough — questions discussed at the plenary session Tuesday at the Greater & Greener: International Urban Parks Conference in New York City. The City Parks Alliance seemed to realize that while it’s great to discussion visions and ideas at their conference, the devil’s in the details in executing many of these plans — especially when it comes to money.

Bringing together an Oklahoman mayor, a building developer, and an ‘eco-entrepreneur’ on a diverse panel, the group attempted to address these issues.

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Do Greenspaces Equal Greenbacks? The Economic Case for Urban Parks

07/16/12 | View Comments
More and more people are seeing the potential of urban greenspaces and parks to act as economic catalysts for cities. Read more to find out why.
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Greater & Greener: The Largest Urban Park Gathering in History

07/16/12 | View Comments
We're reporting from the largest urban parks gathering in history -- Greater & Greener: The International Urban Parks Conference, presented by City Parks Alliance. The purpose of the conference? To "increase awareness of the positive impact that parks and green spaces have on our urban communities and explore how urban parks will be designed, developed, programmed, funded and sustained to meet future demands."
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