The city of the future will prioritize public spaces for play with investments in parks and green spaces.
With urban land at a premium it may seem like a trivial item to prioritize, but there are numerous benefits from investments in parks.
First, green spaces and parks improve the air quality of cities through photosynthesis and aid in slowing global climate change.
Additionally, public spaces for play provide equal access for urban residents and families to relax and enjoy their recreational time together, thereby promoting socioeconomic trust and equality.
Finally, access to public spaces encourages human interaction, play, and fosters a sense of community within a city.
Public access to parks means that individuals do not need to venture to suburban and rural areas for recreation or build their own recreational facilities, thereby minimizing pressure on available undeveloped land. Parks and nature preserves can be developed to encourage biodiversity, bringing back native and endangered species of plants and wildlife to be enjoyed by large numbers of the urban population.
With land at a premium, the City of the Future must use space efficiently and find clever ways to develop play space along abandoned highways, streetcar lines, and underground parking structures that will no longer be in use because of the decreased need for personal automobiles.
Many cities in the United States have developed or are developing parks on old railways and highways. These cities include: