One of the reasons I choose to live in an older neighborhood is the trees. Living on or moving down a tree-lined street with canopy coverage from curb to curb is just great. Minneapolis, Saint Paul and many suburbs are blessed with large, old trees. Minneapolis was recently recognized by American Forests as being one of the 10 best cities for urban forests. I do think trees are better at being “awesome” when they’re paired with relatively narrow streets (for the canopy effect), but that may be personal taste.
Besides being beautiful, trees provide shade, which is both nice and energy-saving, serve as natural stormwater treatment devices, increase property values and sequester carbon. Some studies even indicate that visual exposure to trees has mental and physical health benefits and improves academic performance.
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