Green streets are good for our health and make cities more resilient.
Streets literally connect America. They can also be destination, think of tree lined shopping streets in quaint tourist villages. Because most streets are impervious, they also generate and move a lot of polluted stormwater. Philadelphia estimates that 38% of the impervious surfaces within their borders are streets. As part of their aggressive green infrastructure program, Philadelphia developed templates for using vegetation and other green infrastructure on its streets in their (Green Streets Manual) . Other cities as well, like Portland, have adopted green streets policies using green infrastructure to manage stormwater. Nature in cities is good, it makes them more functional and beautiful. Turns out that humans do better in nature too. (2015) by Kaid Benfield on Sustainable Cities Collective June 8. Kaid Benfield is author of People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener Healthier Cities