Thank you and Goodbye

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Friends,

I founded Parksify nearly a year ago with the mission to create a home for a community of writers interested in sharing unique and interesting articles relating to urban public spaces. Shortly after launch, we witnessed a growing group of supporters and followers. 

Over the past year, we’ve had over a dozen writers produce great content and for that we are thankful. 

While it has been a wonderful experience, the current support base for Parksify no longer allows us the opportunity to sustain the site. 

The Parksify.com site will remain online for a short time, so readers will have access to our archived material. Our weekly newsletter, Parksify Weekly, will be halted. 

As the founder of Parksify, I am happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to email me at ash@parksify.com. I also encourage you to keep in touch via my personal mailing list. Go here to subscribe

Thank you for all of your support. 

Best, 

Ash, Founder 

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Boston’s Levinson Plaza Designed with Multicultural Uses in Mind

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By Ash Blankenship

In Boston, the design team at Kikyoung Kim Design has create a dazzling central plaza. Levinson Plaza is intended to be used for varied multicultural and intergenerational uses

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Help Send our Founder to California

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Parksify Founder and Editor Ash Blankenship’s latest project is to write a book about driving the Pacific Coast Highway. You can help support this campaign. 

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When Smart Growth is Unhealthy

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The Wilmington Waterfront Park is sandwiched between the Port of Los Angeles, oil refineries and residences of Wilmington a neighborhood of Los Angeles. The park provides the community with much needed green space and recreational opportunities, but users of the park are exposed to industrial by-products from the Port and oil refineries.

By Marjorie Phan

Last month, I attended a forum called: “The Collision of Best Intentions: Public Health, Smart Growth and Urban Planning.” The forum was hosted by faculty members and staff from the USC Keck School of Medicine’s Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Attendees included community activists, urban planners, government officials, professors, researchers and graduate students. The forum was put together to inform new research findings and start a dialogue about conflicting land use policies and practices. I was there as a community scholar in the UCLA Community Scholars Program to learn more about the topic. 

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The Importance of Frontages and Street Design

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Great and powerful pair of images from the CNU ezine. The top image is the kind generic lifeless mid-rise development, currently getting stamped out across the continent. The bottom image includes numerous small, inexpensive but vital differences needed to make the streetscape appealing.

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Redesigning an Icon: The Gateway Arch to See Major Changes

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By Ash Blankenship

Plans to redesign the grounds of the St. Louis Arch are underway. The project, CityArchRiver 2015, envisions making the Arch “easier and safer for everyone to experience by connecting, invigorating and expanding the park’s grounds and museums

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Alexandria’s Waterfront Could See Bold Changes

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By Ash Blankenship

Alexandria, Virginia’s Old Town may soon receive a bold transformation. Earlier this month, the Alexandria City Council had a chance to review a proposed overhaul designed by Olin Studio, a Philadelphia based planning firm.

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