Urban parks, the growth machine, and the media

News media have the power to influence public opinion and economic growth. News coverage of landmark urban parks may influence public support of such parks, potentially increasing economic growth. However, some landmark urban parks have been associated with gentrification and displacement. News media may implicitly support local economic growth to the detriment of vulnerable residents through uncritical, positive coverage of park projects. However, the nature of press coverage of landmark urban parks has been scantly studied. This study analyzed news coverage of three landmark urban parks to understand how news media portray such parks and the voices they represent, using comparative thematic analysis. We found both broad support of parks, contributing to a societal master narrative of parks as a universal good, and some critique. Altogether, positive press coverage outweighed criticism. Uncritical promotion of parks could result in continued creation of landmark parks that threaten to facilitate gentrification and displacement.



Work Title Urban parks, the growth machine, and the media
Subtitle An analysis of press coverage of the high line, klyde warren park, and the rail park
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  1. Lauren E. Mullenbach
  2. Andrew Justin Mowen
  3. Kathryn J. Brasier
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Work Type Article
  1. Environmental Sociology
Publication Date January 1, 2021
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2021.1893429
Deposited July 27, 2021




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