With green space equity, it’s all about proximity and quality

John Surico

This piece first appeared on City Monitor on 15 October 2020.

Urban green spaces have faced a reckoning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although long heralded for their community and social health benefits, parks took on a new sheen of necessity when public health officials recommended confining social activities to the outdoors. This renewed recognition also put back into focus a sometimes-dire consequence of imbalanced urban development: that cities are often defined by who has access to green space – whether personal or public – and who does not.


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