BY BARBARA AUSTIN
For Central Texans, April brings many things – showers, warmer temperatures, oak pollen. But for me, this April brought the much-anticipated Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities conference in San Francisco. It was truly one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. The event aimed to explore the role of urban parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities. Though there were many engaging sessions that tackled topics like public health, new technologies, environmental stewardship, and park innovation, my favorite part of the conference was a mobile workshop called Reclaiming Urban Infrastructure for the Public.
The workshop explored the changing nature of San Francisco’s highway system – specifically, three areas of the city that have experienced revitalization as the result of the removal of highway infrastructure.