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Detroit's Campus Martius named top U.S. urban park
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Detroit's Campus Martius named top U.S. urban park

By John Gallagher

Detroits Campus Martius Park was named today the first-ever winner of the Urban Land Institutes Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award, given in a national competition to recognize an outstanding example of a public open space that has catalyzed the transformation of the surrounding community.

The announcement was made this morning at ULIs Real Estate Summit in Boston. Detroits park was chosen over park finalists in Boston, New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Greenville, S.C. for the top honor. The finalists were chosen from among 88 initial entries.

ULI is a global nonprofit research and advocacy organization devoted to good urban planning and responsible land use. Amanda Burden, chair of the New York City Planning Commission, created the award to honor creatively designed, successful urban gathering spaces.

In giving the award, Burden noted that Campus Martius had replaced the former Kennedy Square plaza, long deemed a failure of urban design and rarely used by anyone. .........(more)

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