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Placemaking Spotlight: New Paltz, New York

The university town sustains its beautiful landscapes and unique character Located on the southeastern tip of Ulster County, New York, lies a quaint university town called New Paltz, with a small population of just over 7,000 people. Although mostly known for its vibrant SUNY New Paltz student population, residents of all ages appreciate the ample…

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The Best Scenic Byways for Winter Adventures

The winter months can be the best time to enjoy the landscape around us, but can also be difficult to enjoy when unsure what to do.   To help with this, Scenic America created this list of wonderful spots to explore to help you get the best out of this chilly season. 1. Grand Mesa Scenic…

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Scenic Heroes: Sally Oldham

From Art History to Transportation Policy, Oldham Shapes Scenic History Over the course of her career, former Scenic America President Sally Oldham has worn many hats.  While somewhat diverse in nature, Sally’s professional accomplishments and personal interests in historic preservation, scenic conservation, and transportation planning are, in fact, knitted closely together with common threads. She…

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Victory for Scenic Los Angeles: Department of Public Works Postpones Bus Shelter Program

A plan to install hundreds of digital signs on Los Angeles bus shelters was postponed on December 15 by the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. The Coalition for a Scenic Los Angeles was the first group to organize against the Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP), which planned to award a contract to a…

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Scenic Hero: Kathryn Welch Howe

Developing Cities with Scenery and Substance If not for Kathryn Welch Howe, New York’s glorious and iconic Grand Central Terminal might be a thing of the past. Worn down by decades of overuse and underinvestment, the storied transportation hub had fallen into extreme disrepair by the 1980s. Offered the chance to propose a plan for…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Olympia, Washington

This coastal capital with blue-collar roots has its sights set on a green future The southernmost city on the Puget Sound, Olympia is best known nationally as the capital of Washington State. For the people who call Olympia home, however, the gleaming dome and legislative hub take a backseat to the town’s other distinguishing qualities,…

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Fineview Greenspace Update: Paths and a Stairway

We are continuing to work with our partners Allegheny Cleanways and Landforce to clean and shape this amazing forest patch in the middle of the Northside of Pittsburgh. Following some major cleanups this spring and summer, this fall we focused on creating a safe entrance to the space and making paths along its entire length….

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Big News: We’re Forming a Greenspace Partnership

We are far from the only organization that does greenspace restoration and development in our region, and most organizations do an amazing job. But as we’ve done more greenspace work ourselves, we’ve become convinced that one solution to make this process simpler and allow for the creation and maintenance of more accessible greenspace is a partnership…

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Give a Holiday Gift: Buy a Scenic Pittsburgh Mug

Support Scenic SW Pennsylvania with style! If you’re looking for a unique gift that celebrates the irreplaceable beauty of southwestern Pennsylvania, why not gift one of our scenic coffee mugs? Showing an early morning scene of one of Pittsburgh’s beautiful bridges, it’s the perfect way to wake up with a beverage in one of the…

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Winners of 2021 America the Beautiful Photo Contest Announced

Scenic America is delighted to announce the winners of its inaugural America the Beautiful Photo Contest. The contest attracted more than 400 entries from photographers across the country of all skill levels. Entrants were asked to submit examples of their original work that showcased the beauty of our country from different perspectives, locations, and points…

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