Further Glenn Small- check out this article: Trees cut crime rates. I found this when searching for a study I read several years ago which drew correlations between increasing the percentage of greenspace and lowering crime rates in New York City housing projects.

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Boston will plant 100,000 trees during the next 13 years, with the bulk of the plantings to take root in the city’s least green neighborhoods, Mayor Thomas M. Menino will announce today.

By expanding the urban forest by some 20 percent to cover more than one – third of the city, leaders hope to reap a range of benefits, including cooler temperatures in summer, absorption of carbon dioxide and storm water runoff, and increased psychological well-being among residents.

As part of the initiative, the mayor will also announce a new partnership with the US Forest Service that designates Boston as an urban experimental forest — one of three such sites in the country — where scientists and arborists will conduct research to document the effects of trees on people and the environment.

“There’s no downside to having more trees,” Menino said in an interview. “They bring people together and give people pride in their neighborhood.”

The push to increase the tree cover in the city reflects growing national awareness of the value of urban trees, after decades when their potential to help cities address environmental problems was little considered. The project began with a comprehensive inventory of the trees in Boston, conducted by the city and private organizations over three years and completed last fall. Among the inventory’s findings: The tree canopy covers 29 percent of Boston, more than several other major East Coast cities.”

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