Rebecca Messner

Rebecca Messner is executive editor of Urbanite and producer of Olmsted and America's Urban Parks, a documentary on the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Follow her on Twitter at @beccamess.

Cities

‘Detropia’ takes us inside the lives of people living among the ruins

The Motor City has been glamorized as a land of exquisite corpses. Now, the directors of "Boys of Baraka" and "Jesus Camp" bring us the survivors.

Cities

Thinking outside the parks: Green space spreads in the Big Apple

When you think of parks in New York City, you probably imagine the big dogs -- Central Park, or Prospect. But the green is seeping through the city, and we’d be wise to take notice.

Renewable Energy

Power in numbers: Crowd purchasing brings clean energy within reach

Buying wind power or giving your house an energy efficiency facelift can be an expensive proposition. But it’s less so if you team up with a bunch of like-minded friends.

Cities

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks

These designers are like Lady Gaga. They’re like Bob Dylan plugging in. They’re like the electric guitar after years and years of classical music. So why have you never heard of them?

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