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Connections: The Importance Of Olmsted Parks In The 21st Century

On Wednesday, a team from Buffalo's Olmsted Parks Conservancy is visiting Rochester to share its success stories. You might not have known that Olmsted was thinking at least in part about the boulevards and squares of Paris when he created Buffalo's coordinated system of parks. And next Sunday, Genesee Valley Park is hosting the annual Olmsted Birthday Bash.

So first, a little history: who was Frederick Law Olmsted, again? And why was he such a massive figure in American parks and design? We explore the potential of capitalizing on Olmsted's work well into the 21st century. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.