Green Spaces within the City


With urbanization taking over the world, skyscrapers and multilane highways have concentrated our cities leaving little space for public spaces let along green spaces. Public spaces and especially green spaces are an absolute necessity to allow the city to breathe and create spaces in which people may gather and relax. However, with the limited space and resources, this has become a part of the utopian city of the future. As a neighborhood and as individuals there are things one can do in order to create a more livable environment city.

Pocket Parks

Between building blocks, decorative pebbles and at crossroads, it is common to see a vacant lot or small patches of land which no one maintains or cares about. These can be transformed in to pocket parks or gardens for the local community to grow vegetables, flowers, and a small playground for the children or simply just a patch of green which is a welcoming sight when returning home after a long day in the bustling city.

Small Window Boxes

For those living within the confines of a tiny apartment barricaded in by similar monotonous apartment buildings from all sides, a small window box filled with a few flowering plants, herbs if you like to cook or even a few interesting weeds or ferns will help brighten up the place considerably. A commonly used option are planter boxes Sydney, New York and other such bustling cities from around the world are increasingly seeing the use of planter boxes among apartment residents as it is convenient and easy to maneuver.

Rooftop Gardens

This is increasingly becoming a more important space within the city structure as this is an exact replica of the ground cover which has already been used. This elevated space is one of the few remaining open spaces within the city and if treated with care, can become a vital factor in the maintaining of green spaces within the city. If waterproofed and constructed properly, most rooftops can be converted to a garden with small trees and shrubs creating an interesting daily getaway for the busy city dweller.

Above are simple ways in which one can help improve the quality of a neighborhood. These cost little money in most instances and require only a few minutes of your day to keep in order. However, these are vital pockets in the sustainability of our cities as well as in creating picturesque locations for people to gather and relax while remaining within the city itself without having to depend on the large public parks alone.

Diego Trentino