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6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world.


Los Angeles To Launch The Largest Interactive Urban Trail Network In The US

Los Angeles is a big place — over 1000 square kilometres. Even though it’s home to the country’s largest urban park many of its residents do not have easy access to a public green space. A new “interactive interpretive” urban trail system hopes to close that distance, while connecting Angelenos to the hidden cultural and fitness opportunities in their city.


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.


The World's Wackiest Monuments, Chosen By You

When we asked you last week to send us the weirdest monuments in your neighbourhood, you not only delivered, you quite frankly freaked us out. How do you people sleep at night knowing that a giant turtle-humping statue is just down the street?


Being On A Smartphone Makes You More Likely To Use Public Spaces -- Kinda

In the 1960s, a sociologist named William H. Whyte revealed something interesting about the behaviour of people in parks and plazas across the US: people liked being with people. But has that changed now that everyone carries a tiny computer in their hands? According to a new study: no.


Tour The Hidden Art Gallery On The High Line's Last Unfinished Stretch

It’s easy to forget that beyond the tourist- and greenery-covered High Line, there are still 300 yards of old, rusting train track. This last patch of decaying NYC railway will soon be turned into the final stretch of the super-successful park — but for now, they’re home to a little-known outdoor gallery.


Meeting Tony Hsieh, The Mayor Of Downtown Las Vegas

I’m not gonna lie: It’s a lot like meeting Oz in his Emerald City. Mostly because no one associated with him would set up a formal time for me to meet with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and the financial and philosophical force behind the Downtown Project, the $US350 million urban revitalisation program transforming downtown Las Vegas. I was encouraged instead simply to “find him” at one of the events happening the week I was in town.


Visiting The Downtown Project's New Vegas Parks: Pretty, But Private

On the Downtown Project’s website, among several lofty goals — such as adding ground-level density and creating passionate communities for downtown Las Vegas — one goal sticks out as a bit different, if not simply odd: “Create the shipping container capital of the world.”


Moscow Is Building Its First New Park In 50 Years

Moscow has chosen a design for its first new public park in half a century. Zaryadye Park will sit on a 13-acre site that’s been host to some colourful history: The homes of 16th century aristocrats, 18th century peasants, a Stalin-ordered redevelopment, a failed plan to build the city’s tallest skyscraper, and finally, the world’s largest hotel — demolished in 2006.


Do We Have A Legal Right To Light?

With supertall towers popping up along Central Park’s southern edge like wildly expensive luxury mushrooms, Manhattan’s largest park is about to be cast into shadow — some as long as half a mile. The real estate boom is stirring up a debate: Do we have a “right to light”?