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At National League of Cities Conference, a budding interest in urban greenspaces

12/18/17 | View Comments

We were on the ground—and the agenda—at one of the largest conferences for city leaders in the US. Following, some soundbites on what we learned.


Recently, Jay Graham, FASLA and long-time TKF advisor, traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, where more than 4000 municipal leaders from throughout the country had convened for the 2017 City Summit conference led by the National League of Cities. Our short documentary film, Butterfly Angels, which tells the story of how nature helped one Joplin community heal following the deadly cluster of tornadoes that struck there 6 years ago, was being screened; part of a program of speakers and workshops addressing ways to strengthen cities and towns.

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Telling a story—a remarkable story

05/10/17 | View Comments

We’ve taken our show on the road—complete with cameras, a drone and all sorts of sundry filmmaking equipment. Greetings, from beautiful Joplin, Missouri!

The TKF Team (Alden, Skye and Ethan) with Chris Cotten, Joplin Parks & Recreation Director

This is a story that we’ve been so excited to tell—and now we are. A story of community resilience—how Joplin has recovered from unthinkable devastation from the EF5 tornado that ravaged the town nearly 6 years ago—and how nature has played a leading role in this recovery, in the form of a meaningful community healing garden.

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Nature Sacred community spaces open and thriving

05/24/16 | View Comments

A Brooklyn Nature Sacred community space opens to the public.

The curving walkway in the new Naval Cemetery Landscape. Source: Menelik Puryear

The curving walkway in the new Naval Cemetery Landscape. Source: Menelik Puryear

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