Olmsted Insider

February 2022

Olmsted 200’s theme of “Parks for All People” is an important lens to use as we think about both the past and the future.

Olmsted spent some of his earliest years reporting on the Civil War for The New York Times. Stationed in the South, Olmsted saw first-hand the terrible impacts of American slavery and the inequity that existed across class and race.

Those experiences helped develop Olmsted’s vision for democracy and equality, inspiring him to design landscapes that were accessible to and benefited all people— not just a privileged few. Olmsted saw landscape architecture as a way to bring freedom and fulfillment to all people.

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