10 Parks That Changed America

About This Episode


Hosted by Geoffrey Baer, 10 Parks That Changed America highlights visionaries who took open canvases of land and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. While European cities were traditionally defined by their private squares and royal hunting grounds, American cities were often built around these democratic, public spaces.

From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the men and women who brought these parks to life, and the villains who preferred to exploit the land for private enterprise. Featuring landscape architects and historians, the show uncovers the evolution of our nation’s city parks and the history of landscape architecture — an art form in which human beings try their best to mimic nature.