Initiative to increase number, quality of city trees

October 10, 2013 (CHICAGO)

The mayor joined officials with "Openlands Urban Forestry" in the Chicago Lawn Neighborhood.

The group plans to increase the number and quality of trees city-wide.

The mayor says the planting is part of the sustainability of Chicago communities.

"To be economically sustainable, it means that both schools, public transportation, libraries, streetscape - all the things in parks that go into giving a quality of life - so both families and businesses can thrive," Emanuel said.

The mayor says every playground in Chicago will be totally rebuilt within the next five years as part of city redeveloping efforts.

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