Building more city green space has become increasingly important during the pandemic due to its health benefits, said Dr. Marc Berman, director of Environmental Neuroscience Lab, during an interview with the University of Chicago News. More green space is related to lower rates of diabetes, stroke and heart disease, research in ENL showed. Even a 50-minute walk in nature could improve working memory and attention capacity by about 20%. However, the disparity in income also holds true in the disparity in green space, with higher-income neighborhoods tend to have more trees, Berman said. To solve the problem, the preferred ways are working with communities, sharing the benefits of green space and listening to residents’ priorities.

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