Plants and Poverty
Green Spaces contribute to a healthier environment and foster a sense of community.
Vegetation and Violence
Contact with nature may actually help reduce the incidence of aggression and violence in inner-city neighborhoods. Exposure to green spaces can mitigate the effects of crowding, high temperatures and noise, which have been linked to aggressive behavior.
Neighbors and Nature
Relationships are stronger between neighbors simply through the presence of vegetation. Neighbors living closer to green spaces enjoy more social activities, have more visitors, know more of their neighbors, and have stronger feelings 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 an effective means of restoring focus and improving concentration.
Canopy and Crime
Greenery promotes a greater sense of community leading residents to feel safer and behave more civil towards on another.
Economics and Aesthetics
Greening techniques can reduce utility bills and create higher home 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 and quality plantings