Magazine article The Futurist

Cities with Farms and Forests

Magazine article The Futurist

Cities with Farms and Forests

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Cities with Farms and Forests

Wildflowers and wildlife may be encouraged in cities of the future

As more and more people move into cities, the resources and the livability of the world's urban areas are being taxed as never before. Enormous problems are appearing in energy, water, food supplies, pollution, and alienation, reports UNESCO.

To ease these problems, planners are now talking in terms of urban streams and marshes, woodlands, forests, wildlife, and even urban agriculture, in addition to the parks and green spaces that most cities already have.

In the Netherlands, urban forests rich in native plants, wildflowers, and wildlife now surround many cities and towns, according to UNESCO writer Betty Werther. The trees form windbreaks, temper the elements, and offer recreational and educational opportunities. Fishermen along a river bank in the Bijlmermeer, an extension of Amsterdam, are screened from city buildings, noises, and smells.

In some inner cities, says Werther, "islands of nature" are increasingly being linked and managed. …

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