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Plans to Green Philly

According to Philly.com, plans to develop 500 acres of parkland will be released tomorrow by the Nutter administration.  The plans would be to convert empty lots to small areas of green oases, some being as small as a quarter acre. The money to do so will come from federal and private agencies that provide grants for urban greening.  For example Philadelphia International Airport has a $5.3 billion runway expansion plan and they will be required to replace 82 acres of lost wetlands if that plan goes ahead.  There are many other private owners that will be required to replace surface lots with greenery. The proposal plans to “reshape the physicality of the city” in five years.

One major goal is to make sure that every city resident has a green park within a half mile or ten minute walk.  Right now it is estimated that 200,000 people lack this type of access in a city that has one of the largest current park systems in the country. Another important goal is to reduce stormwater runoff by replacing asphalt and concrete with more porous asphalt that absorbs rainwater much like a lawn.

See the full article at Philly.com

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