"Boston will plant 100,000 trees during the next 13 years, with the bulk of the plantings to take root in the city's least green neighborhoods," the Globe reported Saturday. "By expanding the urban forest by some 20 percent to cover more than one - third of the city, leaders hope to reap a range of benefits, including cooler temperatures in summer, absorption of carbon dioxide and storm water runoff, and increased psychological well-being among residents."
The plan also includes "a partnership with the USDA Forest Service to launch the nation's first Urban Research Forest," according to the Boston Parks Department.
Trees are good for the environment. And, when properly planned, planted and cared for, they're great for communities. Derrick Z. Jackson had a wonderful column on the importance of trees, which I wrote about last year. "A 1997 study by the University of Illinois showed that crime in a housing project was significantly less and community bonds were stronger on tree-lined parts of the project than on barren parts," Jackson said.
Check out Urban Advantage's images of a a neighborhood commercial center, and what widened sidewalks and the addition of trees does to the streetscape. This shows what streetscape improvements can do in a community. Head to http://www.urban-advantage.com/images.html and click on the "neighborhood commercial center" at the top left.