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Atlanta's Parks Ranking Is Pretty "Meh"

The glories of Piedmont, the new BeltLine parks and others notwithstanding, viewed against the rest of the country Atlanta's park scene is below average. The Trust for Public Land got scientific in a recent study and employed digital mapping technology to determine park scores for U.S. cities. With 63% of its citizens within a 10-minute walk of a park, Atlanta rates slightly higher than the national average of 62%. But there are 25 U.S. cities that do better. The good news? It's never been cheaper to buy up land for new parks. Hopefully public-private partnership concepts like this idea hatched out of Georgia Tech can fill in the gaps left by the City's strapped financial situation. [AJC]