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Liverpool Must Go Green, or Stay Depressed

James Byrne, Sustainability Advisor
Thursday, December 6, 2012 01:00 EST

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CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/10/2012 3:18:14 AM
User Rank Blogger
Thanks
Thanks, I think these are great initiatives, I remember planting trees in my school coutesy of Mersey Forest. I agree though these schemes need to be combined somewhat to really make great change. I have often thought that we could have an urban Forest just south of Liverpool, so we never know!!!

pajno
pajno  
12/9/2012 4:41:59 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Liverpool;'s greenPrint
A bid to become Green Capital may just provide the catalyst to make use of the City's green infrastructure – an undoubted asset of for the City. But in the meantime programmes such as Natural Choices (http://www.merseyforest.org.uk/our-work/natural-choices-for-health-and-wellbeing/  and GreenPrint (http://www.liverpoolvision.co.uk/news/greenprint_for_growth.aspx ) are already making a difference in the city. Watch that space!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/7/2012 11:20:29 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: green roofs
Now that we're all in a dialogue about green rooftops and things of that sort, I'm more aware than ever of their existence where I live in Manhattan. I've been looking up a lot as I walk around the city and I see rooftops covered with trees. They're still in the minority, but I think this trend will grow. I'd love to look up and see greenery on every rooftop. It's aesthetically pleasing, good for the soul, and good for the environment. 

CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/7/2012 5:51:49 AM
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green environment
Thanks Mary, yes theres nothing worse than being surrounded by tarmac all day. Even in the city we need green. What would Paris's boulevards be without the trees that line them or New York without Central Park. They are so essential that we can take them for granted. Architect  Christopher Day says in his book 'places of the soul' that our whole outlook on life is determined by the environment we live in and that if we live in barren urban environments we are bound to feel depressed. There are great urban environments like the great cities of the world that cities need to emulate. City life can be great if it is a varied experience of parks, avenues, dense high rise, crowded streets. The variety is important to our mental health I feel

CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/7/2012 5:42:56 AM
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green roofs
Thanks Nicole! I think green roofs could work in Liverpool too, Especially on commercial buildings. We have mostly pitched roofs in Britain on houses but there are millions of square miles of city buildings that could set a new standard.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/7/2012 5:40:27 AM
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liverpool must go green
Thanks Peter, there is growing evidence that this is the case, health and environment are linked very strongly, this can be seen be mapping life expectancy and seeing massive differences in areas that are right next to each other one area is looked after, the other left neglected. I get so much pleasure from seeing a tree outside my window, and I always feel a little sad that for some its concrete from dawn till dusk.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/7/2012 5:37:04 AM
User Rank Blogger
fixing liverpool
Thanks Simon, yes the decline needs to be halted quickly, the amount of world class architecture in Liverpool is astounding, its about time we gave as much attention to the parks that serve them. Sefton Park is well used, but others like Newsham are not. I think the regeneration of Liverpool one shows it can be done really successfully.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
12/6/2012 6:47:28 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Liverpool must go green
Liverpool has really found itself an identity in the last few years after decades of decline.  This needs to be fixed: its a very heavily built environment

Peter_Newton
Peter_Newton  
12/6/2012 5:46:40 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Liverpool must go green
It's easy to agree with the blog, and what's more, in times of cutbacks and austerity, regeneration through parks and green spaces can be carried out relatively cost effectively and can have a big impact on associated issues like mental and physical health, and this could make a business case for doing much more green regeneration.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/6/2012 3:16:40 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Unused greenery
Your comment, Nicole, made me think about those programs on Home and Garden TV that show a designer remodeling a small house to fit specific requirements. That's opened my mind to the potential that great designers have to restore and renew spaces like the ones we're discussing.  If it can be done with little houses, it can be done in cities.

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