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Beyond The Big Dig
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What happens to the ribbon of land being created by the depression of the Central Artery may be the most important development decision to face Boston in a generation.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, trained in art history and city planning, is internationally recognized for her leadership in revitalizing public parks and gardens. She was the founding president of the Central Park Conservancy, and is now the director of a new graduate program in Garden History and Landscape Studies at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

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She is also a founder and former executive director of the Cityscape Institute, a non-profit created to help other organizations improve their public spaces.

In 1979, she appointed as the first full-time administrator for Central Park since park co-designer Frederick Law Olmsted served in that capacity a century earlier. Although she reported to the New York City parks commissioner, her salary was raised from private sources. A year later she was instrumental in creation of the Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization founded that manages Central Park under a contract with the city. Under Rogers' leadership the conservancy raised tens of millions of dollars to restore what at the time was a crumbling and neglected jewel.

She is the author of several books, including "The Forests and Wetlands of New York City," which won the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished writing on natural history. She has also published "Frederick Law Olmsted's New York" and, most recently, "Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History."

She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale University.

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