Re: Philly studies shows positive financial impact of 'greening'
- Subject: Re: [cg] Philly studies shows positive financial impact of 'greening'
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:14:09 EST
Not all "greening," converts into property value "green."
What Mike Groman doesn't get, or want to express is that he believes that
just greening, ie., planting stuff, helps improve the property values of
surrounding areas in cities.
And by-passing those messy, politicized community gardeners. As you know,
Philadelphia Green has been de-emphasizing the "community" part of community
gardening for a while under Mr. Groman's leadership.
Not smart, Mr. Groman!
If you've been in the greening and public space game for a while you come to
realize that public spaces and especially public green spaces only make sense
when they are supported by lots of governmental funds, private conservancies
or have lots of messy, dirty handed volunteer gardeners who invest those green
spaces with their human presence, caring and patronage.
In my lifetime: I remember when Manhattan's Central Park was a place that
Johnny Carson made jokes about on national TV for it's decrepitude and high
crime. When Manhattan's Riverside Park, Inwood Park, Madison Square Park,
Morningside Park were dangerous places filled with broken glass, weeds and dog crap.
And when lots filled with alianthus and native plants ( as well as rusted cars,
garbage, junkies, drug dealers and gawd knows what else) were the rule and not
the exception on my little island.
And of course there has been the active contribution of community gardeners
that has given to the City of New York the equivalent in the aggregate ( if you
add up all of those 1/2 and 1/3 acres community gardens) of Central Park
since 1978. An act of greening and property value enhancement that has happened
in Mr. Groman's own Philadelphia, if he decided NOT to denigrate the
contributions of his own city's community gardeners.
For the benefits of community gardens, one need only look at the more
substantive study produced by the Whitmire/Gateway Greening folks -
Ya may want to hug a tree, but only in a cared for, maintained and safe
I remember when many of our Parks and green lots were akin to "green hells."
Then PEOPLE decided to INVEST those greenswards, greenspaces with HUMAN
activity and INVOLVEMENT, and STARTED PATRONIZING THOSE GREENSPACES, AND THUS
BROUGHT THEM BACK TO VIBRANT LIFE.
What Mr. Gorman seems to be simplistically saying is that a copse of trees
and some bushes is enough to raise property values.
Which is dead-on wrong.
It's community involvement - either with the checkbook, groups of corporate
volunteers painting benches and planting ( "giving back" is the corporate term)
or from the grassroots by community garden volunteers that redeems the green
spaces from being greened deserts and watelands.
There are always some weeds - I'm sorry " native plants," in desolate lots.
It's the active participation of PEOPLE in those lots that gives them the
value add that raises property values.
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