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New Parks Designed to Protect the Land

London, Singapore, Madrid, and others are building new parks that not only increase public space, but create green infrastructure to protect cities from stormwater.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 06:00 EDT | 8
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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
6/14/2013 2:06:10 PM
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Minneapolis and NYC win top parks status
Note that Adrian and the Trust for Public Land just announced that Minneapolis and NYC top the list of US cities with most parks.

richheap
richheap  
5/3/2013 4:45:19 AM
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Re: Idea for Didcot Power Station
I'm not an engineer, but I still think it's a shame to rip down industrial machinery after it's been decommissioned. Old industrial buildings and machinery tell important stories about how cities developed and evolved.

Of course, I'm not saying it should all be preserved and that we should never redevelop the sites for more modern uses - that'd be ludicrous. But it's also important to remember that, while this stuff may look irrelevant and ugly now, it could become cherished again in future (well, by some people at least).

Setting up parks around some of the most important parts of our industrial heritage is a great solution.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
5/1/2013 5:09:49 PM
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Re: Idea for Didcot Power Station
Agreed about the German parks, Rich. How impressive is the blend of natural and industry in such an interesting way! Clearly, the designers are highly skilled and imaginative, and the city is willing to try something new. A great combination.

richheap
richheap  
5/1/2013 2:29:19 PM
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Idea for Didcot Power Station
Nice to see London's Olympics Park mentioned: it is impressive how a previously derelict area of the city has been brought back into use. Very smart move by former London mayor Ken Livingstone to use the Olympics as a way to regenerate a huge part of east London.

But I'm mainly here to say I love those German industrial parks. They look a great way to celebrate an industrial heritage while also making them attractive places to visit. Perhaps there's a lesson there for Oxfordshire's Didcot Power Station, a prominent sight on the train ride between London and my home city Oxford. 

The power station which was shut down in March after 43 years in service (my dad was involved in its construction), and there are questions about what to do with the imposing cooling towers. The plan is demolition, but I'd love to see them covered in greenery instead.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
5/1/2013 12:37:09 PM
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Re: Wastelands As Parks
@kq4ym: So it sounds like you're seeing undesirable land being sold at hefty prices to the local government in your area? That's surprising to me. Why do you think this is, and what is the government missing in making these deals?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
5/1/2013 10:42:59 AM
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Another inspiring video
Another great and inspiring video from Adrian B. Every time I hear him speak about parks, I want to head out to one, to donate to one, to throw my support behind them all.

The video mentions a city in China, where this kind of park production is desperately needed to control unprecedented pollution levels. Applause!

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
5/1/2013 9:32:09 AM
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Building a Park on landfills
I know they are using some areas to build parks that were once land fills. Is there a danger to doing this? Even in wastelands like the old factory in the video, what happens if one of the towers falls? have they taken into considerantion the dangers?

kq4ym
kq4ym  
5/1/2013 9:05:04 AM
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Wastelands As Parks
While creative uses have been found for normally "unuseable" lands, i.e. wetlands, polluted sites, dumps, etc., governments should be careful not to reward land owners unduly when purchasing or trading development rights to obtain those lands.

 

In our area, lots of wetland acreage is being sold by owners to governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, often in trade for development right to other lands. It's a trade off that needs to be considered carefully.

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