City to State: Park Off!

In the mid-1990s, park advocates and government officials devised and employed what they thought was an innovative, win-win strategy to build a series of new parks: split the cost and control equally between the city and the state. With equal claims for bragging rights by the mayor and the governor, money would stream in from two separate pots, clearing the way for new projects to quickly sprout.

Fast-forward to 2009, and the reality is less...

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