SSI documents LA’s vanishing greenery

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A new study by a Spatial Sciences Institute team shows that trees and other greenery in the single-family neighborhoods of the Los Angeles area declined significantly in the busy construction years leading up to the housing bust. SSI faculty members Su Jin Lee, Travis Longcore, and John P. Wilson, with Catherine Rich of The Urban Wildlands Group, recently published their findings in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening in which they observed the link between larger building footprints and decreasing green cover across 20 communities of varying socioeconomic levels throughout Los Angeles County.

The release of their study was covered by KPCC-FM.

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