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The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

Before the weather starts to cool off, Need to Know thought we would take a minute to talk about parks. Last week, the Trust for Public Land issued its annual report on urban parks, which found that, in spite of the recession, cities across the country are building new ones. They are investing in green space.

In partnership with Blueprint America, Need to Know’s Alison Stewart reports from New York, where they’ll make a park out of just about anything: a garbage dump, a parking lot — even an old elevated rail line.

CORRECTION: The full cost of building the High Line was $153 million, not $220 million as cited in this piece.

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