Friday, June 21, 2013

2 Acres of Parkland Sold for University Development in Phoenix

The City Parks blog reports that in May 2011, a Phoenix neighborhood lost 2.015 acres of municipal parkland when the city sold the land to the private, for-profit Grand Canyon University for its $200 million campus expansion plan.  Sound familiar?  In 2012, the university sought to purchase the remaining 13.8 acres but legal and electoral advocacy prevented the sale.

Read more at City Parks blog.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TOMORROW, June 20: Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese Tours the Garden

Join us this Thursday, June 20th @ 1:30 pm in the historic Sasaki Garden
for a Tour and Press Conference with Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese
as He Declares His Opposition to the Sexton Plan!

Come to Sasaki Garden this Thursday to hear Sal Albanese publicly announce his opposition to the Sexton Plan and his support for the residents of the Village and for all those fighting irresponsible development throughout the City.

Please mark it on your calendars!

Hope to see many of you there.

"Save WSV Sasaki Garden" does not endorse candidates for political office.

(Editor's Note: This post has been edited for clarity.)

Global and Local Public Land Grabs

Greenwich Village is not the only community fighting to preserve access to and control of its public lands.  Public land grabs are happening elsewhere in NYC and globally, with the Gezi Park conflict in Turkey the most visible land seizure.  Here is a round-up of articles about this issue.

Urban Trees as Triggers, From Istanbul to Oregon [New York Times]

What Is It About Trees? [Huff Post]

The Case of NYCHA’s Disappearing Open Space [Shelterforce]

NYCHA Plan for Private Developers Is Resisted [The Wall Street Journal]

No Place for Amateurs: A New Stadium vs. Queens’ Soccer Fields [Urban Omnibus]

Please share your news links with us in the comments.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

July 18: Parkland Alienation Court Hearing

Save the date of July 18 for a court hearing on the improper seizure of the four parks properties on LaGuardia Place and Mercer Streets. In New York, parkland cannot be alienated without a vote by the state legislature, which the City of New York never sought. Moreover, the replacement parkland proposed by NYU is inadequate, and the Sasaki Garden irreplaceable.

Stay tuned for more details.