Comment 35121

By JonC (registered) | Posted November 05, 2009 at 14:46:33

The vast majority of large urban parks fit into one of two categories 1) they are built around terrain that would be difficult/expensive to build on (Boston common, or Parque de la Montana in Spain) 2) they are remnants of monarchy (Hyde Park in London or the parks surrounding the Temple of Heaven in Beijing). The one weird example I can think of is Central Park, which was bequeathed to the city on the condition that it never be developed. The cities grew organically around these spaces over hundreds of years.
More importantly, it's an especially ridiculous suggestion for a downtown that is less than a thirty minute walk, or a 5 minute bus ride, to either the waterfront or the natural green space of the escarpment.

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