Living on tree-lined streets has health benefits, study finds
July 16, 2015
Even in an urban jungle like Toronto, people want to live in a neighbourhood that has access to green space, whether it’s a backyard or a nearby park. Those who can afford it choose to live in neighbourhoods like Riverdale, Cabbagetown and Leslieville; established neighbourhoods with access to many amenities, including parks.
Interestingly enough, the benefits of living around trees are more than aesthetics. A recent piece from the Star says they are good for our health. “People who live on a tree-lined block are less likely to report conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease or diabetes,” according to the article.
Not only are they good for our health, they are also good for the economy!
According to the Star, “last year, TD economists determined that the city’s 10 million trees bring $80 million in environmental benefits and cost savings.” The article estimates that our trees are valued at $7.1 billion.
While many Toronto neighbourhoods have healthy tree canopies, poorer neighbourhoods have fewer trees and the Financial District is only about 5% trees.
Thankfully, the city is starting to recognize the value of the tree canopy – and at a cost of $72 per tree, it’s a worthwhile investment!
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