Olmsted believed that the thoughtful design of parks and public spaces has positive social, environmental, economic, and health impacts on the people and communities around them.
Witnessing rapid growth and urbanization in America, Olmsted understood that the future of the natural world would be threatened without more public-spirited intervention. Olmsted’s foresight is best illustrated by the landscapes he designed, which would not mature until decades later. Hundreds of projects and landscapes designed by Olmsted and the Olmsted firm can still be enjoyed today: from New York’s Central Park to the Palos Verdes community in California.
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