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Landscape Architecture Magazine May 2018

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contributors

BRIAN BARTH (“Between the Bents,” page 62) is an American journalist living in Toronto. See more of his work at brianjbarth.com or connect with him on Twitter @brianjbarth. “ I was genuinely shocked at how many people came out in −30 degree Fahrenheit weather for the Bentway opening—and continue to be pleasantly surprised at the palpable excitement in Toronto about a park underneath a freeway.” ZACH MORTICE (“Let My Rivers Go,” page 116) is a design journalist focusing on landscape architecture and architecture who lives in Chicago. In addition to being LAM’s web editor, he can be found on Twitter and Instagram @zachmortice. “ The more I talked to people about what Johnstown has gone through, the more I realized how pervasive the notion is that big things can only come from public–private…

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listen down

If there’s any tonic for the current confusion in American politics, it is likely to spring, of all places, from young people. This much we can see from a remarkable season of activism that has exploded into the open around firearms in schools, around sexual harassment, around racial disparity, and around our current leaders’ inability or unwillingness to govern with something other than self-interest in mind. That a generation is growing up and finding things so basically wrong—as when 17 people can be gunned down in a Florida high school—has come as a surprise to a lot of older people. Our nation’s youth see that a pitiful percentage of their eligible parents vote, if they are civically active at all, and yet the parents presume to decide who is complaining.…

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politics or people?

Landscape Architecture Magazine is not a place to share thoughts on the political climate surrounding immigration (“Remember the Heavy Lifter,” March). The liberal bent in this article makes me very disappointed. This magazine is not a political platform for commentary about current politics. Too many Americans make general commentary on our politics and economic system without truly understanding the full ramifications of unbridled immigration as an economic policy. The general economic thought is that more demand drives higher costs while labor supply remains the same. More labor and a constant demand drive landscape wages lower. We as Americans should be paying more for landscaping services, not less. Placing this low-wage burden of unsustainable American landscaping on the backs of low-wage documented or undocumented immigrants is unethical. Yes, this nation was built…

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a different perspective

Twenty-five years ago, my father trekked the deserts of Mexico, swam through the Rio Grande, and hid inside a bus compartment for 14 hours. He made his way to the United States to escape the drug wars of Colombia. I came shortly after with my mother. Growing up, I lived under an illegal status up until the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was enacted by the Obama administration. I graduated from high school with multiple college credits and immediately started working. College was unaffordable at the time for two reasons: The state of Florida was forcing me to pay out-of-state tuition because I couldn’t prove that I was a Florida resident, and I could not receive any financial assistance through the Florida prepaid program or the federal Pell Grant program. Even…

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closer quarters

Over the past half century, coyotes have expanded their range across the continental United States and live in many North American cities—literally, in some cases, in people’s backyards. Their increased presence, says Katie Coyne, a senior associate planner and ecologist at Asakura Robinson in Austin, Texas, is one reason for landscape architects, planners, and wildlife managers to reexamine the design implications of large natural areas beyond their role as habitat for migratory birds and pollinators. Think of these areas as preferred foraging zones, she says, functional landscapes that accommodate coyotes and limit potential conflict with people and other species. A recently published two-year study of urban canids in and around Madison, Wisconsin, sheds light on the issue. Researchers used radio collars and statistical analysis to assess the movement and home ranges…

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a second chance, just in time

Fort Negley Park, a 55-acre swath of open space two miles south of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, is most famous as the site of a prominent stone masonry fortification built during the Civil War after Union soldiers seized the city. Built out of earth and dry-stacked limestone, Fort Negley is said to be the largest inland fort constructed during the war. It helped the North retain control of Nashville and eventually win the war. The structure itself, however, was built by nearly 3,000 African American men and women, who were “impressed” against their will—rounded up on the street or pulled out of church services, some of them as young as 13 years old. A quarter of them died, either from injury or mis-treatment. They were buried near the fort, outside the “contraband”…

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