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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.
When Trees Die, People Die
The curious connection between an invasive beetle that has destroyed over 100 million trees, and subsequent heart disease and pneumonia in the human populations nearby.
Wildlife a good thing in S.F.
Mother Nature â€” or at least a hungry critter or two â€” is beating paths back to old haunts. It’s a reminder that even a big city has natural appeal. Wildlife can prosper in the most overlooked and neglected spots.
Everyone Loves Parks, But No One Wants to Pay For Them
Last November, the Philadelphia City Council approved a $2.67 million increase to funding for the Department of Parks and Recreation. But while the boost to parks and rec was hardly controversial among residents, it took nearly a year of campaigning and hundreds of volunteers to force the councilâ€™s hand.
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: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