- Research at a large public housing facility in Chicago shows that residential common areas with trees and other greenery help to build stronger neighborhoods. Residents of buildings with more trees and grass reported that they knew their neighbors better, socialized with them more often, had stronger feelings of community and felt safer and better adjusted.Kuo FE, Sullivan, WC, et al. Fertile Ground for Community: Inner-City Neighborhood Common Spaces. American Journal of Community Psychology. 1998; 26(6):823-851.
- According to research conducted at assisted living facilities within a two hour drive of Houston, Chicago, and Seattle, older adults who have more exposure to green common spaces report a stronger sense of unity among residents within their local neighborhood. A variety of plant material and good views were two of the factors that doubled weekly minutes spent outdoors over other landscape factors.Access to Nature for Older Adults: Promoting Health Through Landscape Design. American Society of Landscape Architects. 2010.