We are “returning to some timeless qualities,” with demographic and cultural shifts causing Americans to take another look at more urban lifestyle. People want to move to the city.
Policies over the last several decades helped build the middle class, but also fueled dependence on the automobile and increased suburban sprawl, and some of those trends have begun to reverse as a result of the housing bubble bursting.
It’s not that everybody is going to move back to the city. That’s a little bit of a misnomer that people get very excited about. We need to rethink how we build our cities, so it can’t be this ‘one-size-fits-all’ paradigm that we’ve had for so long.
The best solution for the urban jungle is a well maintained tree canopy. This will reduce temperature in forested areas by as much as 10 degrees! This results in cost savings for cooling residences and businesses.
Regardless of the local context, citizens and policymakers trying to bring people back into cities are encouraged to make urban forestry central to their cause, and you should too!
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