This battle wages in many countries. Last summer the unrest in Turkey started with an act to protect Gezi Park in the middle of bustling Istanbul. Similar conflicts are erupting everywhere. In the nearby country of Georgia, Guerrilla Gardeners are trying to preserve Vake Park, which they consider their version of Central Park from New York City.
As a person who needs access to nature to rejuvinate my energy, the desire to protect the parks is high. When I’m having a stressful moment, or something emotional is bothering me, a walk along the river near work, away from the noisy road, helps calm my emotions to get through the rest of the day.
Given that parks generally contribute to budget shortfalls instead of profits, what is the incentive to cities to protect these public spaces? How can we fight the drive for profits?