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  • Kevin Van Lierop

    It shames me to say that I live in a city called "The Forest City"* (London, Canada). Why? Because our tree cover in this city is laughable. We're fighting a nasty case of the Emerald Ash Borer and we can't find a way to put enough money into more trees (yet we can build more roads).

    Thankfully we have a great trail and parks systems, which makes up for it in a way, and there's a Million Tree Challenge going on to help plant more trees over the next decade: http://www.milliontrees.ca/

    * the name actually comes from the fact that when the city was founded it was placed in a clearing, *surrounded* by trees, but most people don't know this fact, or care.

  • Terri Hammer

    I am a "Park Person" living in L.A. fortunate enough to live within close proximity to Griffith and Elysian parks. Just as they have the fire and police academy, along with a respiratory hospital in Elysian Park, and a golf course and large homes in Griffith Park, I would love to see schools, particularly elementary schools, in parks. We could get the kids outdoors exploring nature. We could allow them to get outside more and move and breath more freely. Get their cardio and imaginations fired up at the same time. As it is now, the playgrounds are too confining, with too much concrete, and you need to either hire a bus to take them once or twice a year to a park or navigate traffic with a group of 20-30 kids on a walking trip. That is, if you are even within walking distance to a big, beautiful park filled with nature's wonders.

  • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

    Fantastic. This is a good way to be spoiled. Indianapolis recently went through a city change by adding bike trails, and by no surprise a huge success. There's more engagement with local business and with each other.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      That's so great to hear. I can't wait for Los Angeles to have more bike trails!