Episode 107: Long Spaces That You Can Dream Away In
Episode 107 of City Walk travels from Boston to New York to Atlanta and Los Angeles on a very special journey to some of the great parks in America – both old and new.
We meet legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted whose visionary 19th century genius continues to reshape the city of Boston along with virtually every urban park in the country. We highlight the amazing walkability of Olmsted’s first creation Central Park in New York – then take a walking tour of Manhattan’s neighborhood parks including a visit to a vibrant public space where we’re surprised to find out that not every park is green.
We visit the still in development Los Angeles State Park, currently the home of fairs and gatherings: including FYF Fest, where more than 30,000 people take public transportation to hear 57 bands play on 4 stages in two days!
Once upon a time Atlanta was one of the least walkable cities in the United States, today it’s ahead of the curve with construction of the BeltLine, a 22-mile pedestrian friendly corridor. We explore this unique combination of rails, trails and green space through the joyful eyes of the happiest freight train conductor in Georgia.
Our journey concludes with a stroll on The High Line, an elevated, linear park renovated from an abandoned train line and now one of the most popular attractions in New York for tourists and locals alike.
Walk in the Park: Boston
The maritime center of colonial life and the birthplace of The Revolutionary War, the city of Boston is one of America’s true gems. It’s storied history and unique layout also happen to make it one of America’s great walking cities. The decades long project known as “The Big Dig” has finally been finished, and in place of a freeway dividing the center of the city, Boston now has a series of parklets unifying an area that was divided physically, socially and psychologically and goes back to the design of Frederick Olmsted.
New York Squares: New York Park Quartet
Manhattan Parks Quintet, a walking tour of Manhattan’s favorite neighborhood parks, organized by Urban Parks Conference: Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, Madison Square Park, Bryant Park and Times Square.
Walk Score: Central Park
Join us as we escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and journey through the most visited urban park in the United States, Central Park. As the city began to expand in the mid-1800s and become a booming metropolis, there was a clear need for open space, so in 1857, 778 acres in the center of Manhattan became Central Park. Now spanning 840 acres, the park includes a variety of activities including a zoo, a carousel and an array of art.
Walks of Life: D.C. Walking Summit
Hosted by Every Body Walk! The DC Walking Summit isa three day event happening in Washington DC. The event assembles thought leaders and influencers from business, urban planning and real estate, physicians and public health officials, and more who will share ways to shift our cities and communities to a place where people can and want to walk.
Walk in the Park: FYF Fest
In its 10th year, FYF Fest is a two-day music festival taking place in Los Angeles Historic State Park. With an emphasis on public transportation, the festival is within a few blocks of the Gold Line’s China Town stop in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The festival brings in some of the music industry’s biggest names with approximately 30,000 festival-goers a day.
The Atlanta Beltline
Once upon a time, Atlanta was one of the least walkable cities inAmerica, where entire neighborhoods were developed without sidewalks and lots of sprawl and cul-de-sacs. Today, the city is ahead of the curve with construction of the BeltLine, a 22-mile pedestrian-friendly corridor, circling downtown and eventually connecting 45 neighborhoods with each other.
The High Line
We head to the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan to see how people experience The High Line, a 1-mile linear park built on a section of the elevated former West Side Line of the New York Central Railroad. It runs along the lower west side of Manhattan, having been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway.