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Benefits of Urban Greening

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.

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