Editorial: Street trees are worth the time and trouble - San Jose Mercury News:
There are 242,000 street trees in San Jose, according to a recent inventory by the city arborist — and room for 90,000 more in the public right of way.
What an opportunity.
In this economy, the city has no money to invest in street trees. It's up to residents, who sometimes worry more about sidewalk damage than the need for a better tree canopy.
But trees are an excellent investment. It's no coincidence that homes on tree-lined streets sell for more than comparable homes on a barren block. Besides adding beauty, trees can lower the temperature of a neighborhood by 10 degrees, making life more pleasant and saving energy costs. You know this instinctively. Would you rather walk down a tree lined sidewalk or an unshaded one?