Brownsville Houses, Brooklyn New York. Alfred Geiffert Jr. landscape architect.
Though originally somehow ideally greened-up in plan, the area as a whole hasn’t been known for idyllic living. This got me thinking about the presence of green areas in the city. They are often called for, they are the people’s favorite. But what if some of this kind of planning has contributed to an undesirable development? Though there is always multitude of reasons behind any urban environment and their dynamics, it comes a little bit back to what Jane Jacobs described about the lack of streets and presence of the border vacuums of the “radiant city”. Though we all like trees and greenery, sometimes they are also part of the problem. Often in areas with bad reputation the solution people want to see, is a beautification of the environment, wishing that these things will somehow boost the morale of the people so that they would behave better when there’s more beautiful green space.
But to paint fences, mow lawns, plant trees and flowers seems to only do so much. Should we we instead cut down some of the trees in order to build more space for streets and services? To make the existing greenery part of mixed functions?
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