Parks!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One of the kinds of infrastructure we commonly ignore is parks -- though Tim DeChant, author of "Per Square Mile," one of my favorite blogs, notes that he became highly aware of their importance when he moved to Berkeley.

It's worth noting that according to his data, Raleigh has more parkland per square person than any of the cities he checked except Albuquerque. In Raleigh we appreciate our parks, though we could do a better job of funding them.  Other high-park-area-per-person cities were Portland, Phoenix, Houston, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Places that didn't do as well as you might have expected? San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, and Washington, D.C. Guess that national mall starts to shrink when you've got that many people to trample it.

Posted by Scott Huler

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Wires, pipes, roads, and water support the lives we lead, but the average person doesn't know where they go or even how they work. Our systems of infrastructure are not only shrouded in mystery, many are woefully out of date. In On the Grid, Scott Huler takes the time to understand the systems that sustain our way of life, starting from his own quarter of an acre in North Carolina and traveling as far as Ancient Rome.

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