Going green: How leafy streets can boost foot traffic

Beyond the social and environmental benefits and aesthetic appeal, the addition of green spaces in urban areas can have an enlivening effect on the retail industry, boost the local economy and make shopping a more appealing prospect. Research from the City of Melbourne demonstrated that customers could pay upwards of 10 per cent more for goods sold in CBDs if there were high-quality tree canopy, and would visit more often and stay longer in shopping districts with tree coverage.  Further, RMIT-

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