The same design principles behind Japanese gardens can make the building of resilient and financially strong places into a joy, rather than a burden.
Public spaces are often shortchanged in government budgets. Yet they provide outsized benefits compared to how little our communities usually invest in them. Public spaces should be celebrated and protected. Here are four reasons why.
There are a multitude of reasons why someone might want to be in a park after dark, and most of them are completely safe and reasonable. So why are most parks technically "closed" at night?
When we talk about parks in cities, it helps if we can classify them into two types. Grand Parks are destinations. Neighborhood Parks are the living room of the community.
Can we put a dollar value on parks, even though they don't pay taxes?
Parks aren't just pretty green space where kids can throw a ball, they're the heart of our neighborhoods, gathering places for people young and old, and could even be the site of future revolutions
Collectively valuing all public places—and adequately supporting them—is essential to fostering livable and prosperous communities.