‘Disneyfication’ of NY city Parks?

GREENWICH VILLAGE. Last week’s dispute over the cost of relocating Washington Square’s fountain is just the latest wrinkle in a longer debate that’s sure to continue.

A request to interview Parks Dept. designer George Vellonakis was denied, but the National Park Service’s former head of preservation called Metro to scold Vellonakis for the “Disneyfication” of historic parks.

“You don’t create revisionist history,” complained landscape architect Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

metro new york – paul arden

Going green with a cycleway above the streets

LIKE the walkways built in the canopies above rainforests, North Sydney Council hopes to lift pedestrians and cyclists above the urban jungle, with an ambitious plan to build an elevated path running from the southern end of the Harbour Bridge to as far north as Falcon Street.

The path, still at the concept stage and estimated to cost up to $30 million, would run 2 kilometres from the deck level of the bridge to St Leonards Park and Falcon Street along the Warringah Freeway. The council hopes that by bypassing North Sydney’s hilly streets, traffic congestion and car pollution, many more people will walk or ride to work.

Going green with a cycleway above the streets – Environment – smh.com.au. Sydney Morning Herald

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street Sydney

A PICTURESQUE corridor of newly-planted trees was supposed help a run-down William St become a Parisian-style boulevard following the opening of the Cross City Tunnel.

But with the RTA bungling its planting and maintenance effort, up to 64 of the 73 trees are either dead or dying.

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street | The Daily Telegraph.

The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com

During much of the 1990s, as the Getty Center was rising on its Brentwood hilltop, a couple of stubborn questions dogged the hugely ambitious project: Would Richard Meier’s design ever have anything meaningful to do with, or say about, the cityover which it loomed? Or would it exist as an expensive import, a vast collection of smooth enamel and rough travertine conjured up by a New York architect who looked west for commissions but east, to Europe and its Modernist past, for inspiration?

The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com – L.A. Times

The Chiswick chain saw massacre?

Dare to apply for permission to fell a tree and you can stir up the most passionate of responses. Dare to apply to fell more than 300 in a Grade I-listed historic public park and you have a full-scale battle on your hands.

Such is the case in the leafy environs of Chiswick House, in west London, where the trees in question are due to be cut down as part of a large-scale restoration project that could be given the go-ahead by Hounslow council’s planning committee tomorrow.

The Chiswick chain saw massacre? – Times Online.

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