Urban Trees

Detroit

Greening Detroit’s Redlined Neighborhoods

A Detroit nonprofit has been planting trees in parts of the city with the lowest tree canopy.

June 22, 2022 - Next City

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Saving San Jose's Vanishing Tree Canopy

Trees are vanishing from the San Jose, California cityscape. The city has a plan to reverse the damage, but significant challenges stand in the way of progress.

January 12, 2022 - The Mercury News

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How the Phoenix Tree Canopy Affects Urban Temperatures

As extreme weather intensifies, cities are using trees to mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce energy consumption.

September 27, 2021 - Vox

Trees and People

The Problem with Tree Planting Programs

Ambitious campaigns to plant trees in urban areas often don't take into account the complexities of growing and maintaining effective urban forests.

August 5, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Pioneer Square, Seattle

Tree Equity Score: The U.S. Needs 522 Million More Urban Trees

As climate change intensifies the urban heat island effect, poorer neighborhoods bear the brunt of tree canopy inequity.

July 28, 2021 - The Urbanist

Rua Goncalo de Carvalho

Hug a Tree. Protect a Forest.

Communities have good reasons to protect trees and forests. Planners can help make this happen.

January 31, 2021 - Todd Litman

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A New Study Asserts the Importance of Urban Trees in Conservation Efforts

Data collected from 13 million tree planting records in 473 urban areas across 73 countries provides insight into the role of urban trees in biodiversity conservation.

October 7, 2020 - Cosmos Online

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Was Already Wiping Out Trees. Then the Derecho Hit.

An Urban Forestry Board is needed in Chicago to unsure the health and safety benefits of a flourishing urban forest.

August 24, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

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Los Angeles Takes Steps to Grow Out Its Urban Forest

Los Angeles is rolling out a street tree inventory to complement other sustainability measures included in its own Green New Deal. The focus is on underserved neighborhoods.

November 12, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Kentucky

Updating the Land Development Code to Protect Trees in Louisville

The Louisville Metro Council has tasked the Louisville Metro Department of Planning and Design with updating the code to preserve and add trees to the city.

December 18, 2018 - WFPL

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

International Real Estate Strategies and Deal Negotiation

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

Affordable Housing: Principles for Changing Domestic and Global Markets

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

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