Tag Archives: Public Space

The Place Value Economy: The Role of Outdoor Recreation in Creating Great Places

​This Community Builders webinar will explore the role of outdoor recreation as a tool for improving quality of life and local economies. Following an introduction to the findings in their Place Value study, which examines the relationships between community amenities and economic activity, a panel will discuss strategies for leveraging outdoor recreation for economic development at the state and local level. Register now... Read more

The Secret to a Happy, Healthy City? Places for People to Protest

What makes a city great? More and more research says that open public spaces and streets are a key to making a city great. These are where people gather naturally, to socialize and, in a politicized time, to protest. And those two functions make public space the key to the economic and social health of cities. Read more... Read more

Hoboken Finalizes $30M Purchase of BASF Property, Site of New Resiliency Park

Plans are already underway to create a temporary 4-acre “pop-up” park on Hoboken’s newly purchased 6.1-acre BASF property, so that the community can start to enjoy the benefits of this historic acquisition by this summer. The site is also home to the planned Northwest Resiliency Park. The purchase of the park property is funded through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program, which includes 19 percent principal forgiveness for the green infrastructure components. Read more... Read more

Can a Community Garden Outgrow Poverty in Southern Phoenix?

In South Phoenix, there’s a massive, untended plot of dirt as big as two and a half New York City blocks. Until recently, it was a void space between the housing tracts, collecting trash where it runs up against the streets. Now, nearly $600,000 from art project supporters the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtSpace America will help turn the swath into a centerpiece of the neighborhood, and hopefully the minority communities that make up the majority of... Read more
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