BOSTON -- Boston Common isn't aging gracefully.
The 376-year-old park's paths and curbs are cracked. In some areas, grass can't grow.
But cash could be coming in the form of corporate sponsorships. Boston Common, like many other urban park systems -- limited by strained budgets yet increasingly popular -- are finding new ways to keep their parks in good shape.
"Governments are more stressed than they have ever been because the economy has taken their tax base away," said Dan Biederman, the president of a private consulting firm that manages public spaces.