Understanding the costs and benefits of street trees

At Strong Towns, we love street trees. They shade sidewalks and streets so people can comfortably walk or ride their bike, increase the value of a neighborhood, and people to drive slower.

However, concerned with the infrastructure underneath the ground, engineers often ask: Are there strategies to plant new street trees while protecting the underground utility infrastructure?

In this video, Strong Towns president and founder Chuck Marohn shares the cost vs. benefit of street trees—and how it can reshape how engineers (and everyone) perceive them, including: 

  • When street trees serve a valuable purpose for a city or town
  • Why engineers must embrace maintenance related to street trees
  • How places without street trees struggle

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