An imagined future reflection on a well-planned 21st century in Boston: We can finally declare summer 2084 has started as indicated by the number of daily boat and canoe commuters, together with the daily increase of water level (finally the latest snow storms have started melting). As of next year MBTA will also provide a […]
When it comes to the biggest trends that will reshape the urban environment in the future, it’s not just the architecture that will change. The next major revolution in urban design will be by landscapers. In fact, in some cities, landscaping — in the form of parks and other green spaces — is already making […]
The latest phase of the park on Governors Island opened to the public this July—20 years after planners voiced vague ideas for its development and 20 years before future visitors assumed the landscape had been there forever.
“You can’t see the forest for the trees!” All of us are familiar with this expression which is often used to describe someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at or understand the situation as a whole. Within the context of urban forestry, many of us may notice trees here and there, but […]
Do you enjoy LEGOs and nature? If yes, then I have the perfect exhibit to recommend to you. Over the weekend, I visited the South Coast Botanic Garden with my family to see the Nature Connects exhibit.
When I tell people that I work for the Department of Parks and Recreation, many ask whether I watch the TV show Parks and Recreation. While I do enjoy the comedy series, I must say that doing “real life” parks and recreation planning is actually far more interesting and rewarding. Personally, I am motivated by […]
Have you ever wondered how people make a living by collecting cans and bottles from trash cans? Do you want to learn more about “canning” and how “canners” survive in New York City? Do you enjoy documentaries? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I highly recommend that you watch HBO’s Redemption (2012) which […]
When we think of a city, we don’t necessarily think about its parks. Instead, the metro areas, shopping opportunities, entertainment venues and other aspects come to mind. However, even though parks and other natural areas are a relatively small component of modern urban areas, the impact that these features have on the urban population is […]
eco– Of or relating to the habitat or environment. –ology The doctrine, theory, or science of a subject. ecology Branch of science concerned with the interrelationships of organisms and their environments, especially as manifested by the natural cycles and rhythms, community development and structure, interaction between different kinds of organisms, geographic distribution, and population alternatives. […]
Urban agriculture is nothing new, and neither is the trend of keeping chickens in residential back yards. However, until recently back yard chickens were illegal in my former home town of Athens, Georgia. However, thanks to the efforts of many Athens residents, including my former colleague at UGA Law, Russell Gabriel, the times they are […]