Washington Post: Looking to Olmsted to fix today’s real estate crisis

January 6, 2011

Read executive producer Mike Messner’s editorial in the Washington Post, “Olmsted’s ideals could help solve our real estate mess”.

He writes:

Olmsted designed transformative parks, campuses and greenways; his firm completed an amazing 6,000 commissions and launched a green wave across 19th-century America. The same kind of wave could help resolve the 21st-century real estate mess.

We don’t have the luxury of vacant land that Olmsted often started with, so we must bulldoze underperforming and underused property, put people to work creating parks on some of the land and “bank” the rest until the economy recovers.

A big idea, for certain, but we all know Olmsted was a fan of big ideas! ¬†Read more about Red Fields to Green Fields, Messner’s nationwide research initiative, below:



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