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How to 'Rightsize' a Street

How to 'Rightsize' a Street | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it

The concept of a "road diet” has become increasingly popular, though the phrase fails to capture the wide variety of ways in which streets planned and paved decades ago often awkwardly fit the needs of changing communities today.


In many cases, redesigning city streetscapes is not just (or not at all) about eliminating roadway. It may be about adding parking (to benefit new businesses), or building a new median (for pedestrians who were never present before), or simply painting new markings on the pavement (SCHOOL X-ING).


According to the Project for Public Spaces, we might do better to think of the task as “rightsizing” streets instead of starving them. This week, the nonprofit planning and design organization published a series of case studies from across the country illustrating exactly what this could look like in a variety of settings. The above image pair, from the collection, shows before-and-after scenes of Prospect Park West in Brooklyn. Starting in the summer of 2010, the New York City Department of Transportation began retrofitting the street to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians crossing into Prospect Park. The whole project wasn’t simply a matter of pruning traffic lanes, but of adding yield signs, new traffic signal timing, bike lanes and pedestrian islands.


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Munciple Arborist Beware!  Too often sufficient space for trees are being left out of the plans in road diets.  The problem is competing space for paths, bikeways, parking squeeze out an 8ft planting strip to a 4 ft planting strip or less.  4 Strip planting strips is not enough soil for shade trees. Bulb outs into parking and root bridging are innovative ways to work with the lack of space but requires an arborist to help plan. 

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American Grove's comment, January 28, 2013 8:56 AM
Too often space for trees (6 feet minimum) are left off the plan in a road diet.
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Identify 15 hardwood tree species in winter using twig/bark technique.

Identify 15 hardwood tree species in winter using twig/bark technique. | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Here is a quick way to identify 15 of the most common and important hardwoods in North America. You can quickly identify these trees using bark, twigs and fruit.
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Microbiology: Ditch the term pathogen

Microbiology: Ditch the term pathogen | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Disease is as much about the host as it is the infectious agent — the focus on microbes is hindering research into treatments, say Arturo Casadevall and Liise-anne Pirofski.
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The Energy Boom You Haven't Heard About: Wood Pellets

The Energy Boom You Haven't Heard About: Wood Pellets | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
The fast-growing energy source is drawing investment—and criticism.
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Millions of Ash Trees Are Dying, Creating Huge Headaches for Cities

Millions of Ash Trees Are Dying, Creating Huge Headaches for Cities | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
An invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer, is killing millions of ash trees in American cities.
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Salamanders Are A More Abundant Food Source In Forest Ecosystems Than Previously Thought - Science News - redOrbit

Salamanders Are A More Abundant Food Source In Forest Ecosystems Than Previously Thought - Science News - redOrbit | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Missouri have estimated that the population of salamanders in forested regions of the Missouri Ozarks are 2-4 times higher than originally thought, and in other regions of the eastern U.S. may be on average 10 times higher.
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In Leafy Profusion, Trees Spring Up in a Changing New York

In Leafy Profusion, Trees Spring Up in a Changing New York | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Over the last century, sometimes without residents consciously noticing, the more developed parts of the city have grown greener.
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Why Plant Trees - Pura Vida Conservation 501 (c) (3)

Why Plant Trees - Pura Vida Conservation 501 (c) (3) | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
There are many reasons why people plant trees. This table outlines the some of the most common motives for tree planting. Utilitarian- The utilitarian ethic typically refers to providing the greatest amount of good to the most people for the longest amount of time. From a conservation perspective it focuses on how humans can use …
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Let's not forget Health and I will add positive  history, we evolved with guys!

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Welcome to Sustainable Sites Initiative | Sustainable Sites Initiative

Welcome to Sustainable Sites Initiative | Sustainable Sites Initiative | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
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Scouring for seeds: State forestry collecting acorns, seeds in Murray and Whitfield counties

Scouring for seeds: State forestry collecting acorns, seeds in Murray and Whitfield counties | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Georgia Forestry Commission employees in Whitfield and Murray counties are locked in a heated battle with squirrels. At least for the moment.
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An old growth forest ecosystem will never be forgotten by a visitor.

An old growth forest ecosystem will never be forgotten by a visitor. | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Old growth forests, sometimes called late serial forests, ancient forests, primary forests or ancient woodlands is a forest of great age that exhibits unique biological features. Old growth forests typically contain large live trees, large dead trees (sometimes called "snags"), and large logs. Old growth forests usually have multiple vertical layers of vegetation representing a variety of tree species and a variety of different age classes.
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Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests

Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
Owners of smaller parcels are less likely to invest in forestry management plans, experts say.
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In a Queens Forest, Compiling a Picture of Urban Ecology

In a Queens Forest, Compiling a Picture of Urban Ecology | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
With high-tech tools recording data like solar radiation and when buds open, Alley Pond Park could help steer policy-making decisions on climate change and resiliency elsewhere in the country.
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Urban Forestry's New York City Roots

Urban Forestry's New York City Roots | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
  It was 84 degrees in Manhattan with humidity just under 80 percent,
but the hikers wouldn't know it standing in the middle of Inwood Hill Park.

With trees rising as high as 140 feet in the air, blocking out sunlight while leaving just enough
head room to catch the occasional wind draft, they could feel the summer warmth, but didn't have to wear it like a blanket. Manhattan might as well have been a thousand miles away. But of course, it wasn't. Inwood Hill Park is in Manhattan.
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Elfin Forest hitting its 20th anniversary | Local News | SanLuisObispo

Elfin Forest hitting its 20th anniversary | Local News | SanLuisObispo | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
90-acre park in Los Osos began with group protesting housing development in 1985
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Bota Tree

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Where's your favorite tree?

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From den tree to rookery, a tree snag supports a unique ecosystem.

From den tree to rookery, a tree snag supports a unique ecosystem. | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
A dead tree, sometimes called a snag, can be overlooked as a valuable part forest ecology. Tree snags are very important biologically for a naturally developing forest ecosystem.
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Foliage forecast: bright and abundant

Foliage forecast: bright and abundant | Urban Forestry and Tree News | Scoop.it
It may be a little late coming, but foliage experts say it could be a spectacular October for leaf peepers.
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