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Breathing Room

Parks are the perfect juxtaposition to the city. Parks exist as natural sanctuaries among the concrete, skyscrapers, and other man made utilities. Parks are often an overlooked asset. Yet close proximity to them command high real estate prices. And when you engage with them, you remember how much you need and respect them.

Parks are considered an important component of city design. Parks are important because they provide places for people to recreate. Recreation increases physical activity and reduces health risks; especially in poor communities. In the late 1800’s,  American Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted made parks, and park design, famous. Olmsted is most famous for co-designing Central Park in New York City.  Urban Planners have since revered his designs. As a result, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects have been discovering new ways to integrate open space into the city’s urban fabric.

The High Line linear park in New York City. A reclaimed and elevated freight rail line on Manhattan’s West Side. It attracts thousands of visitors and has contributed to neighborhood revitalization.

When there just isn’t enough room, pocket parks are the solution.

Grass is not always necessary. Movable seating and planters at times is all you need.

Roof top gardens and parks are the perfect solution for the urban jungle.

Art elevates a park from a passive park (very little activity and few visitors) to an active park (multiple activities with many visitors). Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago is a significant draw for tourists and Chicago-ans. It’s also this author’s favorite park.

Speak now.  Where is your favorite breathing room or park?

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