31 Percent

Thirty-one percent shocked me.

 

A man named Tony Giarrusso, the associate director of the Center for GIS at Georgia Tech, released a report this past spring titled “Assessing Urban Tree Canopy in the City of Atlanta: A Baseline Canopy Study.” The report relies on data from 2008, but Giarrusso’s team is working on an update that incorporates data from 2014.

 

In 2008, my intown neighborhood in Atlanta, one of the first “garden suburbs” in the nation, was 31% trees. The city as a whole was 47.9%.

 

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Incredible. Stunning. After all, this is what Inman Park looks like from the air:

 

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And so I am scouting for places to plant trees. Thirty-one percent can’t stand. You can follow my progress on this map, if you’d like. I’m working from east to west, walking streets and selecting potential sites. After that, the hard part: convincing my neighbors to let us plant!

 

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