Decorating Dallas’ Streets Does Not Change Function – Plant Some Trees

Posted by    |    June 18th, 2012 at 5:15 am

There is far more value to planting trees than bricking up existing sidewalks.  And I’ll show you.

Right now, the city has been systematically and incrementally tearing up segments of sidewalks throughout downtown and replacing the concrete with a dark, burgundy-ish brick.  It’s a nice brick aesthetically though I wonder what the albedo ratingis (I’ll get some surface temps taken soon).  However, it does nothing to change the actual physical function of the street and therefore, there is little return on investment.  As we know from the study of systems, cosmetic changes have the smallest impact compared to degree of intervention.

Read more at WALKABLE Dallas-Fort Worth: I’m no tree hugger, but….