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Parks not just amenities, but also economic development tools

Every city seems to want more parks. Not only do city parks and greenspaces provide much-sought-after amenities for members of the community, but they also More...

A 140-acre forest is about to materialize in the middle of Detroit

A project to turn 1,500 vacant lots in Detroit into an urban forest is now underway. Hantz Farms has bought more than 140 acres of More...

How an innovative land policy is turning America’s deadliest city into a giant park

Flint, Michigan, is something of a poster child for the challenges facing Rustbelt communities. With a shrinking population (down 30% since 1989), and declining property More...

Green spaces that actually calm the mind and body

Tom Stoner and his colleagues at the TKF Foundation have developed an intuitive sense of what makes green spaces calming for the mind and body.  More...

The effect of urban green spaces on wellbeing is comparable to employment and marriage

Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger looks at recent scientific evidence that shows that living near green spaces has a significant impact on happiness and mental health.  

This new apartment building trades its parking spaces for gardens

A proposed new set of apartments in Boston has decided to go green.  Instead of using space for parked cars, they are creating gardens for More...

Mapping Chicago’s growing cornucopia of urban gardens

In Chicago, like in many cities, local food production comes in many forms, from small backyard crops to community gardens. Researchers are now using Google More...

High line-style project for sydney

Old railroads are all the rage when it comes to adaptive reuse. New York City kicked off the trend with its High Line park, which officially opened More...

The nature of cities

From plant species that grow in sidewalk cracks to birds that change their tune to trump city sounds, nature is showing us a new vision More...

Measuring a neighborhood’s green spaces so they can grow

Stand at the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, to take a random intersection in New York’s East Harlem neighborhood, and you wouldn’t have More...

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, More...