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Hundreds of New Trees to Populate Downtown

A new Center City District (CCD) initiative and a generous donation from residents has spurred the launch the Plant Center City, program to bring 200 more trees to Center City over the next two years. The program kicked off in late January with a fundraiser held by two Center City residents that raised $55,00. If the program meets their goal, it would bring the total number of trees in Center City to 2,500.

The donation will cover the first batch of trees, but it costs around $2,500 to plant a new tree, which includes the cost of excavation, planting, and long-term maintenance. Anyone can adopt a tree for about $1,200. Native trees like oak, cypress, sycamore and hornbeam that reach 12 to 14 feet tall will begin planting this spring.

Trees can decrease urban air temperatures, reduce air conditioning bills for homes and businesses; and absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants, making the air healthier. They also add value to adjacent homes and businesses and increase pedestrian safety by calming traffic and reducing speeds.

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