Benefits of Urban Greening
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Plants and Poverty
Green spaces contribute to a healthier environment and foster a sense of community.
Vegetation and Violence
Contact with nature may help reduce the incidence of
aggression and violence in inner-city neighborhoods. Exposure to green
spaces may also mitigate the effects of crowding, high temperatures, and
noise, situations that have been linked to aggressive behavior.
Neighbors and Nature
Relationships have been found to be healthier between neighbors that share and reside in natural, vegetation-filled areas. Neighbors living closer to green spaces enjoy
more social activities, have more visitors, know more of their
neighbors, and have a stronger sense of belonging. Greener common areas
facilitate the development and maintenance of stronger social ties.
Kids and Connection
Kids who spend more time outside end up paying more attention
inside. Playing outdoors in a green setting has proven to be an effective
means of restoring focus and improving concentration.
Canopy and Crime
Greenery promotes a greater sense of community and leads residents to feel safer and behave more civil toward one another.
Economics and Aesthetics
Greening techniques can reduce utility bills and create higher property values. A 2005 study from the University of Washington shows that retail
consumers are willing to pay 12% more for goods in urban shopping areas residing in green and natural settings.