We are all familiar with the calming benefits of walking through woods, hiking in the desert, or gazing out at the ocean. But do green spaces in urban areas have a similar effect?  According to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the answer is yes. Their research, conducted in Philadelphia, found that green spaces made residents feel calmer, safer, and improved perceptions of their communities in general. Similar studies have found that urban blight tends to attract crime and that walking through an area filled with trash increases your heart rate. Beautifying and cleaning up our communities is one of the main objectives of Keep New Mexico True, and the benefits of doing so show through in public health and economics. 

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  • Read the full article on Girst.org by following this link
  • Read the article linking increased heart rates to blighted areas here
  • Read the article on the link between decreased crime and green spaces here. 

 

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