Urban Park
by Shawna
Categories: Video.
Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons

Urban ParkHave you ever walked by a run down lot and thought it would be nice to have a park there, or really something other than an eye sore?  It just may happen with the anticipated trend of urban acupuncture.

With cities’ populations exploding from economic opportunities and municipal budgets shrinking smaller, massive redevelopment projects are out of the question.  But now cities are looking at a fresh new way to create a community approach to urban renewal projects.

Cities strapped for cash, but looking to improve, may find relief in urban acupuncture.  Instead of trying to take on large-scale projects, urban redevelopment is becoming more localized and community focused.  For municipals who may no longer be able to provide the funds for projects spanning thousands of acres, urban acupuncture has supplied the answer.

Pulling inspiration from the popular Chinese medical theory, the premise of urban acupuncture circles around creating mini-renewal projects that are strategically placed throughout cities.  Mostly, they take place on property that the city owns, but for whatever reason can’t sell.  This type of property often is neglected, letting it become rundown. Urban acupuncture is a win-win situation, giving city residents a green space they can relax in without having to drive to, while cleaning up areas that may have once lacked in care.

The insertions of these micro-parks, or “urban lounges”, have the potential to impact many areas of cities, including water usage, clean air, and more.  Watch the video for interesting stats and to see the process!

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  • http://www.thinksubstance.com Linda Werner

    As a big fan of acupuncture in general, this idea of translating that effect to neighborhoods and communities moved me. Recently driving through the impoverished areas of South Central L.A., I took a side street to avoid traffic. One side of the street was filled with apartments while the other side lined the 110 freeway. Bad enough these people have a view of the 101 freeway as they step out but the amount of trash accumulated all along the sidewalk was very sad. It was obvious that there had not been a street sweeper there for a very long time. That neighborhood has been on my mind since. Had I had the time, I would have gotten out of the car and picked up the trash myself, that is how much it bothered me.

  • Leon Kaye