Greener Cities
Published on February 7, 2012 by Sara Foss

In her weekly column Greenpoint, my colleague Margaret Hartley writes about how cities are getting greener - how they have more parks and natural spaces for residents and visitors to explore.

Here's an excerpt:

"When my daughter was little, she worried about people who lived in big cities. She thought they had no grass or trees, no woods to play in or fields to run through. Mostly she worried about their farm animals.

I explained that city people generally don’t have animals because they live in apartment buildings, and she thought about that for a while. 'So, they all keep their animals in the barns?' she asked, and then wanted to go poke around the alleys behind the buildings to find the barns. It made sense to her that if so many people lived in one building they would keep all their chickens and goats together in one barn.

That daughter’s a teenager now and has been dragging us to New York City a lot lately, auditioning for dance programs. Our friends have been hosting us on our visits and while they have no chickens or barns, they have a lot more green space than they used to."

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