Blog Entries by The Trust for Public Land

Som Subedi will tell you he had a lot to learn when he moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2008. He didn’t speak much English, didn’t know how to use public transportation or apply for jobs, where to buy food, or access social services.

Next week’s total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for people all across the country to stop what they’re doing, step outside, put on some goofy (but very important) safety glasses, and spend a few lingering moments united in wonder.

Some parts of park design–setting the right width for a walking path, using landscaping to prevent flooding—are more like a science. But creating a place that feels inspired? That’s an art.

In a city as enormous and diverse as Los Angeles, it’s debatable whether there’s any such thing as the quintessential park experience. But if it exists, you’ll find it at Runyon Canyon: 150 acres of open space just blocks from Hollywood Boulevard.

Like a lot of high school students, Brandon Robinson had a hard time getting excited about math class. “He’d sit in the back and grumble—I could tell it just wasn’t his thing,” says Ed Raff, a teacher at Robinson’s vocational high school in Providence, Rhode Island.

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