Frederick Law Olmsted
The landscape architect, whose designs include New York's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, and Chicago's World Fair, lived in Brookline.
Olmsted's work and vision spawned the late 19th-century urban park movement that transformed the city experience in this country. He was also a spiritual man who understood the need for urban parks to replenish your soul in the face of the constant stress of city life.
Olmsteds parks are known primarily for their luxuriant, green open spaces and artful placement of tree cover.