Cities with Heart

by Thomas M. Paine

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Thomas M. Paine

is a landscape architect with four decades of experience in urban open space planning and design in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 2008 he has been a principal of AGER, a multidisciplinary design firm founded in 2001 with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, and Boston.

With deep roots in New England history and landscape architecture, Paine has spent much of his career thinking about safeguarding and enhancing the essential role that parks and cultural meaning play in the life of a community.

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  • Cities with Heart Questionnaire

    But enough about me. I invite you to fill me in by filling this out. Cities with Heart Questionnaire: How often to you visit a park of greenspace each month? Why do you go? What activities do you particularly enjoy? If you were unable to make those visits to greenspace, what difference would it make […]