Patrick Arden's (Lit Rep 2011) story for City Limits' September 2010 issue, A Risky Play: Was New York City's shift to artificial grass a 300-million-dollar mistake?, has recently won several awards:
The story's abstract:
In 1998, New York City began installing synthetic turf fields in parks and playgrounds, saying the artificial material would be more durable than grass. But a City Limits investigation finds that many turf fields are falling apart. How did an administration that prides itself on financial acumen dive headlong into a heavy investment in an untested material? And why has it remained steadfastly committed to buying more artificial turf? The answers lie in the story of how New York City became the world’s biggest buyer of fake grass.