Interested in your very own street tree? My apologies for the dearth of updates. Off-computer life has gotten very hectic lately, but I’m hoping to get the ball rolling again soon. Until then, you could always … plant a street tree? Though sometimes basic streetscape improvements get lost in the shuffle of more complicated issues, trees and greenery go a long way to creating a pedestrian-friendly environment that encourages people to forgo automobile use and savor the street environment instead. In addition to making a street more beautiful, pedestrians can take comfort in having a buffer that shields them from car traffic. And it’s always handy to have a few more carbon dioxide-consumers around. If you live in San Francisco and are hungry for your very own street tree, here is a handy 7-step protocol for how to do it, courtesy of the Neighbors Project.
what is this “off computer life” you speak of?
All right, I’ll come clean: I have little to no off-computer life. I guess you already knew that based on how much I’m on the Gmail chat list, huh? I guess I really meant non-blog life.
Amen! Trees also reduce crime, reduce stress, build community, help mental health, etc. I’m not kidding, the statistics are stunning — I wrote about this on my own blog last summer.
Oakland has (or at least had) a free tree program too. (There are some links at my blog post for those who want to find out more)
Thanks for linking to your post, DC. Intuitively, it makes sense that more greenery would increase residents’ pride in their neighborhoods, but the statistics you cited are really quite dramatic.
that’s me right alongside you on the gmail chat list….