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Open Voices News Roundup: January 23

01/23/13 | View Comments

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items.

Betting the Farm: Is There an Urban Agriculture Bubble?
It’s no secret that urban agriculture is in vogue. But as major urban farms such as the Milwaukee-based Growing Power gain new facilities, employees and glowing media attention, most have not yet figured out how to yield enough profit to become self-sustaining businesses — or, looking even further afield, to feed significant portions of their hometowns. With all this demand and no sure way to scale, is urban agriculture facing an imminent bubble?

Lots of Parkland, Please – And Make it Nearby, Too!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Greenspace Can Make Your City Great

01/16/13 | View Comments
To help spread the word about the urgent need in nature, we created this infographic -- about how why nature is good for us, for our neighborhoods, for economics, and more! If you live in an urban area that needs more nature, share this infographic with your friends, neighbors and politicians. Greenspace can make a bigger difference than we think.
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Biophilic Cities: A Q&A With Tim Beatley

01/15/13 | View Comments
"We are an increasingly urbanized planet, so we've got to imagine how urbanites can have that close connection that they absolutely need with the natural world." An interview with the founder of the Biophilic Cities Project, about why nature in urban areas is more important today than ever before. Read Read more
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Open Voices News Roundup: November 13

11/13/12 | View Comments

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more.

Infographic: The Role of Parks & Rec in Promoting Physical Activity
“Parks, trails, and recreational facilities provide a wide variety of opportunities for physical activity and can help many Americans lead a more active lifestyle.”

Measuring the Benefits of Urban Forests
“At a Casey Trees‘ conference on urban forestry, David Nowak, Ph.D, research forester at the U.S. Forest service, one of the world’s foremost experts on urban forests, and a member of the team that won the Nobel Prize at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said out of the 20 biggest cities in the U.S., 17 have declining urban forests.”

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Open Voices News Roundup: October 30

10/30/12 | 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 week for new roundups and items.
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Open Voices News Roundup: October 22

10/22/12 | View Comments
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. In this week's news: urban farming; why your health is bigger than your body; and a new mapping tool to track public spaces. Read more
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Open Voices News Roundup: October 1

10/01/12 | 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 week for new roundups and items.

The Mini Parks That Could Transform Los Angeles
“A simple but radical idea is set to erode LA’s love affair with the car and reclaim some street space for pedestrians.”

Putting a Dollar Figure on Nature
“Work by the natural world to boost the health and well-being of the environment — carbon-storing trees, water-purifying wetlands, bees as flying fertilizers — has carried on for centuries in the lands, watersheds and valleys that will soon become Canada’s largest urban park. Those benefits have now been quantified as dollar amounts in a study to demonstrate how vital the natural economy is to surrounding communities.”

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Open Voices News Roundup: September 24

09/24/12 | 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 week for new roundups and items. This week, creating your own healing garden; why low-income people need public spaces the most; and more.
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Open Voices News Roundup: September 17

09/17/12 | 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 week for new roundups and items. This week, how sports teams are making cities greener, why the foreclosure crisis is affecting park systems in cities, and more.
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