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...Frederick Law Olmsted's work has passed the test of time; his work in Druid Hills set the stage and continues to influence metro Atlanta...
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Muddy Rivers Link

While working on the Fens in 1879-1880, Olmsted began to envision the possibility of creating a continuous park though the city. He could do this by continuing a strip of parkland up the valley of the Muddy River, one of the two streams emptying into Back Bay. The strip would connect the Fens with Jamaica Pond, one of the park sites that he had previously recommended. The park commissioners realized the value of Olmsted's plan, but it wasn't until ten years later that construction began on this vital piece of the seven mile "emerald necklace."

muddy.jpg (18396 bytes)The grading of the banks for the Muddy River improvement began in 1890. The delay was caused in part by the fact that the town of Brookline had to concur in the purchase of land for the project because the boundary between the two municipalities ran largely along the middle of the stream. To ensure the success of the emerald necklace concept this connecting link between the Back Bay and the Jamaica Pond had to be completed. Eventually, an agreement was worked out and the "green fingers" project, an attempt a to interlace an essentially urban complex with park-like corridors of the surrounding countryside, became widely admired.
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Boston's Emerald Necklace

Zaitzevsky, Cynthia. Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1982.
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