City Parks

City Parks

Public Places, Private Thoughts

Book - 2013
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Eighteen writers reflect on various parks that hold a special significance for them, sharing personal moments they associate with them.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062231796
0062231790
Characteristics: 302 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Gili, Oberto
Marron, Catie

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Sep 30, 2016

Great read - though not what I initially expected. Flipping through the book at the library I thought - oh, short essays, glossy photos - coffee table book - decided to read even though had been expected more of a research-based, history of the park, garden architecture, "scholarly" slyle book. Gad I did as I felt this format really works - each essay evokes a unique sense of the place (in time, over time) and most interesting revealed authors personal experiences, aspects of themselves - highlighting the personal importance of a public space. Evocative photos too.
2 things I would have added: Illustrated diagrams (perhaps watercolour) of each park - general layout, features location in each city. Also, an essay on Stanley Park - which the Globe & Mail recently reported as having just been voted "best park in the world"

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