A Friend of Unfair Park whose name might rhyme with "Joanna Singleton" sends word: USA Today, in its round-up of urban parks yesterday, took a long, loving look at the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. Turns out, ours is among several outta-thin-air parks either in the works or being proposed across the country; Los Angeles and St. Louis are also looking at ways to cap their highways with green space.
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Says Peter Harnik, director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land and author of the recently published Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, "Highways are extremely destructive to the fabric of urban life -- the noise that emanates from it, the smell." And what better way to fix that than with a park? Here's what Linda Owen, president of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, tells USA Today: The deck park is "essentially like creating oceanfront property. It's an economic engine." Meanwhile, "The freeway is like our medieval wall. You couldn't get over it."