And you thought that trees were just good for oxygen and looking awesome. A study conducted within a Chicago public housing development shows otherwise, finding that residents of buildings with more greenery surrounding them had more frequent interactions with their neighbors and a stronger sense of community than those who lived in more barren areas. While it wouldn’t immediately seem to make all that big a difference, it makes sense if you consider the little ways trees impact the way we behave outside.
While there’s the simple physicality of it-the more attractive landscape of trees and green will draw people outside more often-there’s also the inner calm that nature promotes, which seems like it could put us in a better state of mind to make connections with those around us. Just another reason, perhaps, to be thankful for all the trees at SPU, and in the whole city of Seattle.
If you’re looking to add to the already lush landscape of Seattle’s tree and garden life, you can use this page as a resource to help you through possible roadblocks. It can be tough to know your neighbors in urban environments, but it’s good to know that our trees are here to help, in more ways than one.
Do you know your neighbor? If so, write their favorite color below, or at least the color you imagine would be their favorite.