Too often sustainability is more marketing make-believe or technological gadgetry than a fact of everyday life. However, when public space not only incorporates green infrastructure but becomes well used and well loved, people can live more sustainable lifestyles, take better care of their environment, and help each other in times of trouble.
On this day in 1970, thousands of people gathered in New York City's Union Square Park for the world’s first Earth Day celebration. Those of us organizing events in cities all across the country were excited about the promise of environmentalism - not only as an effort to curb pollution and save the planet’s natural habitats and wildlife, but also as a powerful citizen’s movement.
In anticipation of the upcoming resettlement from their ancestral land along the coast of Louisiana, in January 2017 the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw (IdJC) Tribe gathered for a pivotal community workshop, with support from the Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design.
The Foro Lindbergh section of Parque México has always been an important place for the Condesa neighborhood. When disaster struck on the afternoon of September 19th, residents gathered there almost immediately, not only because it is centrally located and it feels safe, but also because it is a space to which they already felt a strong connection.