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Washington Post Article Rates How Much Nature In Your Neighborhood

Find out your neighborhood’s NatureScore.




Washington Post takes a look at nature in our nation’s cities. Full Article

Using satellite imagery and data on dozens of factors — including air and noise pollution, park space, open water and tree canopy — NatureQuant has distilled the elements of health-supporting nature into a single variable called NatureScore. Aggregated to the level of Census tracts — roughly the size of a neighborhood — the data provide a high-resolution image of where nature is abundant and where it is lacking across the United States.

Quantifying nature reveals unsettling truths — about how the densest neighborhoods are often bereft of nature, and about how the poorest city dwellers have the least access to the nature’s health benefits. But it could also help pinpoint which parts of our urban landscapes would benefit most from an infusion of nature.

As you’d expect south of the river gets a mostly  “great” rating except industrial areas which still get a surprising “adequate”.  An interesting way to look at nature and you can check other cities.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.