Washington DC's Very Own High Line Will Clean Its Dirty River Water

The Anacostia River that runs through Washington DC has historically been known as, well, not the cleanest river in the country. A new elevated park straddling the river plans to filter the dirty water with a waterfall feature (apparently projected with Frederick Douglass's face). It's the winning design announced… » 10/16/14 4:30pm 10/16/14 4:30pm

L.A.'s 1930s Extension of Wilshire Blvd. Left Urban Scars

The message was clear: Los Angeles was not afraid to reshape its urban form to accommodate the automobile. Over the course of a few months in 1931, workers cleared a wide swath through three dense downtown blocks, demolishing buildings, tearing up foundations, and filling in basements—all to extend an automobile… » 6/07/14 7:04pm 6/07/14 7:04pm

L.A.'s Oldest Parks Began as Swamps and Other "Worthless" Lands

Park-poor Los Angeles: perhaps it's no surprise that many of the city's earliest parks were born of refuse lands. Flush with public land inherited from California's land grant days, Los Angeles was practically giving away real estate in the latter half of the nineteenth century, donating lots to private individuals or… » 4/29/14 2:59pm 4/29/14 2:59pm

Why Southwest Airlines Is Building Parks in Each of Its 90 Cities

Over the last 47 years, Southwest Airlines has built a vibrant—if a little goofy—airborne community. Now some of that culture is fueling urban improvements on the ground. Southwest's new initiative called the Heart of the Community is working to build public spaces in all of the 90 cities the airline serves. » 4/15/14 3:40pm 4/15/14 3:40pm

Los Angeles To Launch Nation's Largest Interactive Urban Trail Network

Los Angeles is a big place—over 400 square miles. Even though it's home to the country's largest urban park, many of its residents don't have easy access to public green space—or they might not know where the nearest one is. A new "interactive interpretive" urban trail system hopes to close that distance, while… » 3/11/14 1:22pm 3/11/14 1:22pm

Vancouver Moves Closer to Officially Naming a “Dude Chilling Park”

Guelph Park in East Vancouver was just like any other under-appreciated park in a city near you: grassy but forgettable. Until a fake sign was erected in one corner by a local artist, christening it with a new name: "Dude Chilling Park." Suddenly, Guelph/Dude Chilling Park became a global sensation. » 2/05/14 2:00pm 2/05/14 2:00pm