Sumary of How cities can avoid ‘green gentrification’ and make urban forests accessible:
- From COVID-19, cities are increasingly aware of the importance of urban nature — particularly their urban forests — and are working to make it accessible to everyone..
- Montréal has promised $1.8 billion for city parks and some of Vancouver Making Streets for People program, which closed streets to traffic and connects green spaces, will likely persist after the pandemic..
- Urban forests provide many benefits to urban dwellers, from moderating extreme heat and improving psychological health to offering opportunities to socialize or engage in culturally important practices..
- The more cities grow, the more urban residents need access to enjoy — and be in relationship with — urban forests to maintain well-being..
- Urban forests are unfairly distributed Urban trees and parks are inequitably distributed across many cities around the world..
- Socio-economically marginalized people tend to have less access to urban forests, and would likely gain health benefits from them..
- Areas in Vancouver with less than 0.55 hectares per 1,000 people and/or no park access within a 10-minute walk..
- However, cities need to be aware of the risk of green gentrification, which occurs when urban greening initiatives trigger a series of negative impacts commonly associated with gentrification….