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The Emerald Necklace: Boston's Green Connection

recounts the creation of a series of parks in Boston in the 1880s. At that time, Boston was crammed with buildings and people. It was overcrowded, noisy, and dirty. City officials, concerned about the health and well-being of Bostonians, hired Frederick Law Olmsted, who had designed Central Park in New York, to create a park system that wove together a series of small parks—gardens, waterways, meadows, tree museums, and others—into what became known as Boston's Emerald Necklace. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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