Public space

Public realm: greens, plazas, fountains

When public spaces go private sector

Incentives resulted in hundreds of new spaces in NYC and San Francisco, but the quality and accessibility of these places raise questions about how public they are.

Toronto mayor backs down on waterfront plan

A public outcry against Mayor Rob Ford's proposed megamall and Ferris wheel on the Don lands leads to the proposal's withdrawal.

'Parklets' proliferate along the Pacific

San Francisco and Vancouver have learned that sometimes a parking space is better off being converted into a minuscule public space.

Chicago gets HUD-backed project conversion

A $30.5  million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant will help replace a troubled Section 8 project in the Woodlawn neighborhood with a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

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