Fast Company's Co.Exist has a roundup of "The Top 10 U.S. Cities With Quality Outdoor Space," which is really just a rehash of the cities that rank highest on ParkScore. The ParkScore rankings were released in late May, and Philadelphia comes in at No. 10 based on three criteria: access to parks, size of parks, and resources devoted to parks. (In Philadelphia, our strongest category was access. Our weakest was government spending.) When you triangulate those factors, explains Ariel Schwartz, the rankings become clearer. For instance, LA doesn't make the list, while New York does—despite the fact that LA has more park acreage. But there's much less access in LA, of course, which takes it out of the running.
· The Top 10 U.S. Cities With Quality Outdoor Space [Co.Exist]
· ParkScore: Philadelphia [ParkScore]