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The Accidental Playground

4th September 2013

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The Atlantic Cities

The Accidental Playground’: Why What We Need in Our Parks Is More Freedom
by SARAH GOODYEAR

It was paved in broken concrete, overgrown with weeds, and strewn with broken glass and rusty nails. Located at the edge of a treacherous tidal strait with a long history of industrial pollution, the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal was dirty and risky, haunted by marginal characters, and ungoverned by any written rules of conduct.

In other words, it was the perfect urban recreation space.

In his forthcoming book, The Accidental Playground, planner and professor Daniel Campo writes about the anarchic fabulousness of BEDT, a seven-acre abandoned rail yard on the East River waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which he studied over a 10-year period beginning in 2000. READ MORE

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