11 Nov '11, 5pm

Can you guess which three cities went from grimy to green?

Jad Daley with the Trust for Public Land Photo: Hanna Welch All right, we know that no place with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants deserves to be described in these terms -- but let's face it, some cities are known for being dumps. Yet every dump can be cleaned up. Few understand this better than Jad Daley, director of the climate conservation program at the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that acts as a "conservation real estate agent," helping to procure parks and green spaces for public use. The Trust is notable among green groups in that it works in cities, not just the big wilderness. It has helped protect dozens of parks in New York City, land along the Los Angeles River, and many green spots in between. The group's motto: Conserving land for people. So when Daley visited Grist's offices this week, we wanted to know what it takes for a town to lose its dump-ho...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-11-10-shitholes-redeemed...

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