Despite its notoriously wet winters and some seriously steep hills, Seattle is a two-wheeled triumph: its residents commute by bike at a rate six times higher than the national average.

That’s thanks in part to dedicated greenways like the Burke-Gilman Trail, an old rail line that the...

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is funding an environmental study of Summit Lake as part of its ongoing effort to revitalize the downtrodden Akron neighborhood.

The nonprofit, along with the help of The Trust for Public Land in Cleveland, will examine everything from the water quality to sediment at the bottom of the lake to potential pollution issues on the surrounding public properties.

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Summit Lake will have a clean and fun-filled future if Akron residents and two major nonprofit organizations get their way.

The floating towpath at Summit Lake Park

Once a recreation and entertainment destination, Summit Lake Park has become a vastly underutilized natural asset in recent decades. With the environmental state of the lake unknown and the underserved surrounding neighborhood, many residents avoid the area altogether.

When zoos live in urban parks, the parking footprint often gobbles up beloved green space. This article published in Planning Magazine looks at how zoos across the country are taming parking overflow and congestion.

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Today Prospect Recreation and Park District (PRPD), in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, acquired the Applewood Golf Course in Golden, Colo. for $13.5 million from Molson Coors Brewing Company. The purchase is the result of more than a year and a half of planning and fundraising efforts by multiple partners to protect the unique tract of open space from residential development.

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Sunday's bitter cold did not stop Attim Roseborough, 7, his brother Steven, 11, and their cousin Avieon Smith, 9, from being among the first neighborhood kids to test the jumping, spinning, and climbing possibilities of the new Conestoga Community Playground at Media and 53rd Streets in West Philadelphia.


Matt Derrick was a teenager in upstate New York when he first saw Future Primitive. The 1985 film featured pro skateboarder Tommy Guerrero carving turns on the steep streets of San Francisco, and for aspiring shredders like Derrick, it made an instant impression.

“The way Tommy...

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced more than $642,500 in new funding for 9 projects that will create new incentives for talented people to live and stay in the city, advance economic growth and encourage residents to participate more in civic life.

Fitzgerald Neighborhood Framework Plan 2016

More than 20 square miles of vacant land lie within Detroit city limits. The legacy of decades of depopulation and disinvestment, the vacant land drains the city’s resources and poses threats to neighborhood safety—but it also holds potential for outdoor recreation, job creation, affordable housing, food security, small businesses, clean air and water, and climate change resiliency.