Urban planning must utilitize cost effective schemes to allow residents from all income levels to participate in greening urban areas. Environmental damage risks the health of poor residents in urban areas through tainted waters supplies and poor air quality. Ultimately these factors sprout from middle and upper class consumerism which occurs on a much larger scale than the poor, even though they suffer the most. Thus a combination of green urban planning and education can not only lessen our effects on the environment but also alleviate poverty by eradicating major health problems that otherwise would occur and keep families poor.
Absolutely! In my opinion, one of the best things that an urban planner can do is to make tall buildings with residences on top and businesses on the bottom. By placing residences and businesses close together and maintaining a certain vacancy rate, more people can walk or bicycle to where they work. In addition, tall, narrow buildings can leave more space free for gardens. Here is an article with a picture of what I think a green city should look like:
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