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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leaders. And as the coronavirus strains communities that are already unduly suffering from structural racism and environmental injustice, women of color are leading the way towards a healthier, more equitable society for all.

This week, we were...

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In New York City, playgrounds are open this week for the first time since April 1, with the addition of “social distancing ambassadors” to remind people to maintain six feet distance from other people, hand out masks to people who don't have them, and encourage good hygiene.

While park...

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The Equipo Verde had their goals for 2020 all laid out: a calendar of community work days to clean up the neglected back alleyways that run through their South Los Angeles neighborhood, a slate of policies for park investments they’d be pushing with their elected...

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With the coronavirus spreading rapidly through cities, officials around the nation started to look for ways to give cooped-up residents more elbow room. Such traditional pubic venues as restaurants and theaters were suddenly closed, and even outdoor spaces like playgrounds and ball fields were...

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Many people in New York City know that wild things slither and fly through the network of underground tunnels and skyscraper canyons. The two that most readily come to mind are the pigeon and the rat. But Thomas Hynes, a resident of Brooklyn, knew there was much more to the urban landscape and...

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At The Trust for Public Land, we geek out about parks constantly. But it’s just once a year, the third Wednesday in May, that we get to share the latest numbers from the ParkScore ® index, our in-depth analysis of city park systems in the nation’s 100 largest...

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Eve Mosher had been following the news, studying the science, and burrowing into the reports: The planet was warming, and the seas that surrounded her New York City home would rise. Areas of the city that had been known to flood once in a century—areas now ten feet above sea level—could start to...

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When Florence Williams moved from Colorado to Washington, DC, a few years back, she registered an immediate change: “I felt like a stress bomb went off in my own brain,” she says. “In Colorado, I had access to nature pretty much hourly—and it was hard to lose that when we moved to the heart of...

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The way Coach Jeffry Lee sees it, at least one good thing came of the old basketball court at Lakeview Terrace: “It used to be all un-level, with big chuck-holes everywhere,” he says. “I figure those chuckholes make my kids dribble better. They constantly had to know how to dribble and know...

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