Cities and Urbanization

How cities can make urban forests accessible

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Urban nature can have many positive effects on the environment and our mental health. Image: Unsplash/Rad Pozniakov

Lorien Nesbitt
Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry, University of British Columbia
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Areas in Vancouver with less than 0.55 hectares per 1,000 people and/or no park access within a 10-minute walk.
Inequitable distribution of greenery is a major problem for many cities across the world. Image: City of Vancouver
New York High Line Urban greening
The High Line in New York is a 2.5 kilometre linear park built on an abandoned railroad in 2009. Housing values increased 35 per cent in a decade for homes closest to the park. Image: Swanny Mouton/flickr
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Grenadier Pond is a popular fishing spot in High Park, in Toronto.
Our cultural background can influence our urban forest preferences, according to research. Image: Kyle Huynh/flickr
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