News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities
Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Hereâ€™s todayâ€™s beautiful bloom â€” anybody know what it is?Read more
“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.Read more
After a momentous visit to England in 1995, Tom Stoner, and his wife, Kitty, returned to the United States with a commitment to building urban greenspaces in cities across the United States. Their foundation, the TKF Foundation, was born in 1996, and since then they’ve helped fund and create more than 130 open spaces in the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington region with the Foundation’s support.
To kick off the launch of Open Voices, we sat down with Tom Stoner to discuss a variety of topics — from why he started his foundation, to how communities can better work together to create urban greenspaces, and much more. Enjoy!
Open Voices: You’ve said the vision for the TKF Foundation and Open Spaces Sacred Places was inspired by a trip to London, where you saw a park that served as a refuge for people during World War II. How did that experience help spark this idea for you?Read more
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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