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View Poll Results: City with the best parks/parks system
New York City 33 25.19%
Philadelphia 15 11.45%
Chicago 30 22.90%
San Francisco 17 12.98%
Los Angeles 10 7.63%
Portland 14 10.69%
San Diego 14 10.69%
Minneapolis 16 12.21%
St. Louis 9 6.87%
Seattle 12 9.16%
Baltimore 4 3.05%
Denver 13 9.92%
Albuquerque 7 5.34%
Sacramento 6 4.58%
Phoenix 7 5.34%
Buffalo 6 4.58%
Boston 14 10.69%
Louisville 6 4.58%
D.C. 16 12.21%
Others 16 12.21%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 131. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-06-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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Which city has the best parks/public spaces within (adjacent to works, too) its boundaries? What makes that city's park system so great?

NYC gets my vote because its got huge tracts of park space throughout the city, as well as numerous smaller ones everywhere. It seems like almost anywhere you go (save for some parts of Brooklyn), there is a park within easy walking distance. Additionally, the parks are varied in terms of amenities and design with some being almost exclusively plotted for activities while others are mainly for nice strolls and a quick escape from the city. My only frustration with the parks system is that some of them are not particularly well-maintained.

I also liked Philadelphia's various squares in the center city, though I'm not sure about the rest of the place.

I'm listing cities that I've read to have at least decent parks, but I'm sure I've missed a few notable candidates.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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Chicago and New York, pretty easily at the top. Savannah is a very notable small city with a great park system. All those squares downtown and such.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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As for the poll: sorry for neglecting the South and skewing it so heavily on the Olmstead-planned stuff. I'd just read a biography on Olmstead, and I've never really ventured into the deep South before.

Are Chicago's parks as well interspersed as NYCs (if you happen to know)?

Also, here's a link detailing the percentage some cities are devoted to parkland:

http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/citypark_facts/ccpe_TotalAcresPercentofLandArea_08.pdf (broken link)
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Chicago does an exemplary job of maintaining its' public spaces.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Yea, it definitely seems like Chicago's park system is on the ball. Also, the green roof initiatives in Chicago are something NYC needs to get behind.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Chicago and New York, pretty easily at the top. Savannah is a very notable small city with a great park system. All those squares downtown and such.

Philadlephias Fairmount Park is 11x the size of NY's Central Park and twice as large as Chicagos entire park system. You have the entire world at your fingertips, use them.








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Old 03-06-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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As for the poll: sorry for neglecting the South and skewing it so heavily on the Olmstead-planned stuff. I'd just read a biography on Olmstead, and I've never really ventured into the deep South before.

Are Chicago's parks as well interspersed as NYCs (if you happen to know)?

Also, here's a link detailing the percentage some cities are devoted to parkland:

http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/citypark_facts/ccpe_TotalAcresPercentofLandArea_08.pdf (broken link)
Yes, Olmstead left his mark on the Deep South as well.

www.fredericklawolmstead.com/druid.html
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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1. Chicago





2. NYC


NYC has Central Park and thats it. Chicago, and theres nobody else even close.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Wrong again.

Philadlephias Fairmount Park is 11x the size of NY's Central Park and twice as large as Chicagos entire park system. You have the entire world at your fingertips, use them.
How many harbors and beaches does that include? Museums? Conservatories? Formal gardens? How many lagoons are included in there? Besides that, Philly's entire park system is called "Fairmount Park" so why are you trying to portray it as one park when you say it's bigger than Chicago's entire system? The actual Fairmount Park (the main one) isn't as big as Chicago's entire park system so...you have the entire world at your fingertips, use it.

I thought the question was 'best' anyway, and not "most acreage".
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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1. Chicago





2. NYC


NYC has Central Park and thats it. Chicago, and theres nobody else even close.

You seriously think Central park is the only nice park in NYC? Bryant park is also really nice. Free ice skating in the winter, free movies, free broadway premieres on stage. Can't get much nicer than that, besides Central Park.
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