Parks in the Central Business Districts
Almost every major urban center in the world has a park or two right smack dab in the
middle of its most crowded and expensive business district. We might wonder why that
is, when this property is so valuable.
And even more perplexing might be the regularity with which this is the case? Is it a basic
human need, or is it a recurring accident, part of the human habit?
We could do our research, make a survey of just this, which would be the academically
historically and scientifically accurate way to know the answer. Bad luck for me, there was
no hard research available, but there were websites for encyclopedias, dictionaries and
a couple of park departments. It still leaves us guessing, so that work lies ahead.
What we don’t need to work too hard at, is enjoying the break from the busy sidewalks
and the closed in feeling of buildings. Except for really bad weather, being out in the open
space just feels great. If there is a natural element, it’s that much nicer, and if it has a
cultural aspect or two, I’ll look forward to every visit!
Speaking for myself, accessibility is the key. When I can get to a park really easily, I’ll go