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Why Don’t Americans Use Their Parks At Night?

Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider. Source: Why Don't...

The One Thing That’s on Mayors’ Priority Lists Nationwide

At the National League of Cities conference, parks and recreation was the priority for mayors. And for mayors in most of the U.S., housing...

New Eiffel Tower Park Plan: More Trees, Fewer Cars – CityLab

The most famous space in the city is set to get a pedestrian-friendly redesign that will create the city’s largest garden by 2024. Source: New...

The Story Behind Los Angeles’ Beautiful, Ephemeral Jacaranda Blooms: LAist

Jacaranda trees, like most things, are not native to Los Angeles. Source: The Story Behind Los Angeles' Beautiful, Ephemeral Jacaranda Blooms: LAist

How Cities Can Protect Migrating Butterflies – CityLab

With the population of the distinctive species in decline, cities around the U.S. are trying to add monarch-friendly spaces. Source: How Cities Can Protect Migrating...

Why Jeff Bezos’s Space Habitats Already Feel Stale – CityLab

If the sci-fi space cities of Bezos’s Blue Origin look familiar, it’s because they’re derived from the work of his college professor, the late...

State parks standstill: Why California hasn’t opened a new state park in 10 years

California hasn’t opened a new state park since 2009. A confluence of budget deficits, political choices and failed ballot measures is to blame. But...

A First Look at ‘Liberty,’ Martin Puryear’s Exhibition for the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale | artnet News

Martin Puryear's US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is an eloquent and understated exhibition about the struggle for liberty. Source: A First Look at 'Liberty,'...

Atlanta’s Schoolyards to Become After-Hours Green Space – Next City

A new partnership will open up school green space on evenings and weekends so that neighbors have a place to play. Source: Atlanta’s Schoolyards to...

California Has Farmers Growing Weeds. Why? To Capture Carbon | KQED Science

California farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, making the state home to some of the first official...

‘It’s All About Life’: Ethiopia’s Newest Art Museum Doubles as an Experiment in Environmental Sustainability | artnet News

The Zoma Museum, an alternative arts and ecological institution in Addis Ababa, had its official unveiling in March. Source: 'It's All About Life': Ethiopia's Newest...

San Pedro Creek Culture Park

How and why did this park come to be? Here’s the story:When the first Spanish explorers arrived and beheld San Pedro Creek centuries ago,...

The Future Of Farming

Picture your life 30 years from now. How are you getting around? Maybe instead of sitting in traffic for 30 minutes, you’ll use that...

This NYC Park Is Designed to Be Flooded

An East River park that will protect residents from storm surges while providing access to the waterfront received some key community feedback this week....

This Rainbow-lit Ice Skating Trail Is True Winter Magic

In a Canadian city where temperatures can dip to -35 degrees Celsius (-31 degrees Fahrenheit), officials and designers have come up with a creative way to...

Cleveland Wants to Connect the Dots With Hundreds of Miles of Greenways

Last year, Cleveland Metroparks celebrated its centennial. For the past 100 years, the agency has been implementing founder William Stinchcomb’s vision for an “emerald...

Projects Leveraging Public/Private Synergies

The Bloomingdale freight rail line shut down during the 1990s, leaving behind a 2.7-mile (4 km) elevated corridor running through the northwest side of...

New York Architecture Firm Proposes Floating Housing Complex

eawalls and flood insurance are all well and good, but a New York architecture firm has designed a more ambitious (but probably less practical) solution for...

Why This Architect Wants To Build A City Covered In Plants And Trees

Strong evidence suggests that humans descended from tree-dwelling primates (as opposed to those of the knuckle-dragging, earthbound variety). Thanks to Italian architect Stefano Boeri,...

Social Equity Becomes a Top Priority

A look at three large-scale urban projects that are repurposing industrial infrastructure and how social equity is an important priority in creating these innovative...

The City within a Garden

How Some Cities Are Restoring Nature and Tapping the Power of Ecosystems to Enhance and Protect Urban Life. Source: The City within a Garden

How Urban Is the World’s Population? Experts Disagree. – CityLab

Source: How Urban Is the World’s Population? Experts Disagree. – CityLab

Why cactuses and succulents are the perfect plants for this cultural moment

Ask Carlos Morera about succulents and cactuses, and their current dominance of interior design and social media, and he’ll talk to you about the...

Can the L.A. River Avoid ‘Green Gentrification’?

Los Angeles is where it is because of the river that runs through it. Tongva people lived along the river, around what is now...