Metropolis – New Wave of Urban Parks

An illustration by artist Chia-Chi Yu of the Chicago Riverwalk is on the cover of Metropolis Magazine’s December issue.

In a review of 2016, Aaron Betsky catalogs a great year for new parks in cities all around America, questioning the efficacy of the High Line effect.

“There is a long history of landscape architects designing and municipalities decreeing parks to be not just places where those with means could enjoy their leisure, but also artificial Edens where the working class could escape form their grim places of working and living.

Steps that provide places for promenading, running, and consuming overpriced drinks from built-in bars now surround the Chicago River, famously flowing the wrong way as part of a master plan overseen by Daniel Burnham.

Read more from the December issue at Metropolis.