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Urban trees as indicators of income

June 4, 2012

Tim de Chant, author of Per Square Mile, just wrote a fascinating post about income inequality and urban trees. If you look at most cities, you can see the discrepancy from space. Take, for example, my city of Boston. Here is Ball Square neighborhood of Somerville:

And here, is West Cambridge:

Can you tell which is the wealthier neighborhood? Hint: look for the greater number of trees.

Here’s Mattapan (also Boston):

and here’s Brookline, MA:

Granted, it’s not exactly this black and white, and it depends on where you are looking on the map. But, look at your city on google maps and odds are that you will notice an overall discrepancy between the wealthier neighborhoods and the less wealthy that correlates with the amount of green. Check out more of Tim’s post here on his blog, Per Square Mile, it’s a fascinating topic and one that needs further examination. Street trees have been proven to add value to homes and neighborhoods, making communities safer, healthier, and more pleasant to live in.

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