|The Top Ten and Trees||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2021 07:51:41 -0700 (PDT)|
Reference below to an in depth article in the NYTimes on the effects of the lack of trees in the in less wealthy neighborhoods, particularly those that were formerly redlined. Neighborhoods with the highest number of trees have the highest median incomes. The reason for posting it here is to state the obvious — when developing new communities the empty lot will still look rather empty. Any existing landscape is likely to have been sheared. During those seemingly interminable years before move-in, a head start on learning to garden and starting trees and plants in containers could be the best use of your time. Of all the people who moved into Takoma Village, it was the avid gardeners who made the most difference the fastest. We had a lot of mud under the sod. The basic contractor level of plantings was done nicely but in the best of circumstances in new construction this was cookie cutter and sparse. That we have a fairly large number of people who weed and mulch and one who championed writing a grant to get more trees planted led to looking spiffy. One way of convincing prospective purchasers of the seriousness of your endeavor might be to demonstrate your commitment to a green environment, and at the same time make ready to have large plants and trees without spending a fortune buying them. Or waiting another 2 years to get them growing. Since When Have Trees Existed Only for Rich Americans? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/06/30/opinion/environmental-inequity-trees-critical-infrastructure.html Many aerial photos of neighborhoods in cities across the country, the treed and the untreed neighborhoods. Paired with median income levels. Heat kills more people in the US than any other form of extreme winter. Temps are 10 degrees lower in neighborhoods with tree canopies. > Healthy trees trap air pollutants, which helps avoid670,000 incidences of > acute respiratory symptoms each year. Being in the presence of trees has also > been found to improve youth educational performance, mental health, physical > health and social connections. A well-maintained tree canopy may even reduce > several types of crime and create economic opportunities, including careers > that cannot be outsourced to plant and maintain those trees. > In predominantly white areas, trees cover one-third of the surface. In > communities of color, barely one-fifth. The American Forests organization (since 1875) has a tree equity score website so you can check your score: https://treeequityscore.org Whatever the original causes were for lack of trees and greenery in general — the choice of concrete over gardens — correcting it will require education in growing things. A great place for horticulturists to shine and bring the community together around a common task. (A practice opportunity.) Sharon ——— Sharon Villines, Editor & Publisher Affordable Housing means 30% of household income Cohousing means self-developed, self-governed, self-managed http://affordablecohousing.com
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