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Street Trees / Vegetation

Street Trees or vegetation are planted along the street (often between a roadway and a sidewalk or walkway in the buffer). Street trees and vegetation can serve a variety of purposes: providing habitat for birds, insects, and small mammals softening hard edges, creating a humanly scaled environment, increasing an areas aesthetic assets, increasing property values, reducing heating and cooling costs to adjacent buildings, managing stormwater, and sequestering carbon. On sunny, hot days, street trees are an important source of shade for sidewalks, walkways, and roadways. Street trees or vegetation can supply a buffer between motor vehicles and pedestrians, screen areas such as parking or electric substations, and interrupt wind flow. Street trees also provide visual interest and can be a traffic calming tool by narrowing a drivers field of vision, thus encouraging lower vehicle speeds.

Street Trees - Downtown Seattle

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