In honor of upcoming Arbor Day, let’s do a small experiment.
Take two identical streets. Give them the same homes, the same residents, the same cars in the driveway and the same cracks in the sidewalk. But, on one of these streets, add a nice, neat line of street trees. Now, which street would you rather live on?
It’s common knowledge in urban planning circles that street trees are a key element of successful streetscapes. They beautify by adding color and fragrance to manmade landscapes. They produce oxygen and clear the air of toxins and pollutants. Street trees help slow traffic, which extends the life of the streets themselves and is safer for pedestrians and other motorists. And did you know that property values increase on streets lined with trees and that crime rates are lower in urban areas with trees? It’s true!
Arbor Day is a nationwide holiday created in the 1800s as a way to celebrate the role of trees in daily life and to promote their planting and care nationwide. This year, Arbor Day is on April 24th and, in cities across the country, residents are rolling up their sleeves and doing one simple thing to improve their communities: planting trees! This weekend, find a group of committed residents in your area and lend a hand! Your neighbors, your health, and even your pocketbook will thank you!