Is Everyone in on America’s ‘Best Idea’? The National Park Service Looks Inward

The future of the national parks depends on building connections with next generation of stewards. (Credit: Mim Adkins)
If you’ve ever explored a national park—especially one of the busier ones, like Yosemite or Yellowstone—you might have noticed all kinds of staff working to make your visit a good one: from the friendly face that greeted you at the entrance gate, to trail crews and firefighters, botanists and wildlife biologists. But there’s another part of the National Park Service that few visitors have heard of. It’s called the Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion, and though the name is... Read more

Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

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How can a focus on food within real estate projects translate into enhancements to health, environmental sustainability, and the bottom line? This Urban Land Institute (ULI) report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate. It highlights how the growing interest in and awareness of fresh, local food is spurring innovation in development projects. Read report... Read more

Older, Smaller, Better in Tucson: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality in a Southwestern City

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab used statistical analysis and spatial modeling to measure the impact of older, smaller fabric on the performance of Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This report brings that methodology to a new location: Tucson, AZ. A collaboration with the city preservation office, this report shows the role that older buildings play in a strong local economy and thriving street life. Learn more... Read more

City Park Advocates to Get More Power in 2017

Seattle's Green Lake Park (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Trust for Public Land is rolling out a new online tool called ParkServe aimed at putting more data about park systems into the hands of the public. ParkServe will allow users to locate the park nearest to them, zoom in on individual neighborhoods and identify which ones most lack park access, and determine the percentage of residents in a given city who live within a 10-minute walk of a local park. Read more... Read more

Atlas of ReUrbanism: Buildings and Blocks in American Cities

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This report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation serves as a resource for city leaders and urban advocates to deepen understanding of the cities they love. Developed by the Preservation Green Lab, the Atlas of ReUrbanism uses increasingly accessible data about cities to explore the connections between the physical character of urban development and a range of economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Whether you’re a mayor, planner, developer, or advocate, the Atlas of ReUrbanism offers detailed information about buildings... Read more

Chicago River Gets 600 Feet of Floating Gardens

Rendering of Urban Rivers' Chicago River floating wetland project (Credit: Urban Rivers)
Over 600 feet of floating wetlands are coming to the Chicago River as a pilot project by nonprofit Urban Rivers, which hopes to rehabilitate urban waterways in Chicago and around the world. The effort comes on top of the city’s own ambitious plans to make the Chicago River more inviting and productive. Read more... Read more
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