Street trees and urban renewal: A Baltimore case study

Cynthia L. Merse, Geoffrey L. Buckley, Christopher Boone

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For centuries, street trees have persisted as enduring features of the urban landscape. Evidence shows that investing in "green infrastructure" not only contributes to a healthy ecosystem but offers economic and social benefits as well. Despite these advantages, the popularity of street trees has waxed and waned over the years in cities across the United States. The urban forest in Baltimore, Maryland has not been immune to these fluctuations, despite the city's reputation for innovative tree care and the emphasis city officials placed on street tree planting as part of the urban renewal programs of the 1950s and 1960s. One Baltimore neighborhood in particular, Bolton Hill, turned to treeplanting as a means to restore its standing as one of the city's most desirable sections in which to live. This paper examines how the lessons and challenges of the past may help Baltimore realize its ambitious goals for the

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-81
Number of pages17
JournalGeographical Bulletin - Gamma Theta Upsilon
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009


  • Baltimore
  • Street trees
  • Urban forest
  • Urban renewal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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