Outgrowing Our Parks

Daniel L. Doctoroff, president and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., discusses the need to find new parkland in New York City as the population grows, along with the role of public-private partnerships in these developments.
Monday, December 10, 2012 08:00 EST | 4
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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/10/2012 5:41:22 PM
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Re: New York is a special case
As you indicate, Jeremy, you don't have to be an urban planning pro to help a community effort to set up a park. I really like your story and think it sets an example of how we should all be thinking about park planning.

12/10/2012 5:19:53 PM
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Re: New York is a special case
I think that you have a perfectly valid point.

I would like to see what can be done in areas that have populations more like the thousands or low-mid tens of thousands. These areas still have run down areas that could likely be well-served with park and park-like areas for the local residents. I'm not specifically talking about a formally rural area, but more semi-rural commuter cities/towns. They have population booms like suburbs, and sometimes those planners overlook the real social needs for the "pop-up" community. Often I see the approach that builders of "additions" are responsible for providing community areas.

Community parks and city-run small parks that simply go overlooked or underfunded for a decade are what I'm concerned about. It's always sad to be in a "low-income" area, go to the park with friends and their kids, only to find rusty equipment, full trash cans, and other unappealing debris.

I feel like these kinds of areas could benefit from public/private unity, yet the local citizens, and society as a whole, need to place specific importance on these kinds of community resources.

I know that I had the opportunity to volunteer to help build a local Park, and not only was it a great experience, I am also able to tell my son that I helped build the park, just for him. Cheese, but technically true.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/10/2012 2:28:07 PM
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New York is a special case
New York has some of the most talented urban planners in the world  on its side -- as well as some of the world's wealthiest people among its residents. That's not to say public/private partnerships won't work elsewhere, but perhaps not on the scale that they do here.

12/10/2012 1:19:20 PM
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GI is so important
Thanks for the informative video. My last blog post about Liverpools need to reivest in its parks shows these issues are parrelled in other cities. Linking Parks together with Green infrastructure is a great way of encouraging communities to integrate. To do that we absolutley need to be more innovative about where we find land that can be called 'a park' or green space. I think this will be a central part in the success of Urban regeneration.  

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