Neighbors and Nature
Where trees are planted, communities grow
A recent scientific study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that the more trees and grass in the common spaces of inner-city neighborhoods, the more those spaces are used by residents. And, use of these spaces means more opportunities for informal social interaction. In other words, relationships between neighbors are made stronger simply through the presence of vegetation.
The study also found that, compared to residents living near barren spaces, those closer to green spaces enjoy more social activities, have more visitors, know more of their neighbors, and have stronger feelings of belonging. Essentially, greener common areas facilitate the development and maintenance of stronger social ties — the very fabric of a healthy neighborhood.