06 Apr What Does It Take For A City To Be Green?

Streetcar in San Francisco

So what does it take for a city to be green? Apparently a lot according to a recent Move.com article.

The article lists the top 10 greenest cities in America, which are in no particular order. If your city doesn’t show up, don’t be surprised. After reading the article, you might have a better understanding of what it takes to be considered a truly green city.

Some of the most common characteristics of a green city are certainly the most important. Nearing the top of every listed city is its attention to the importance of public transportation. This is considered by most to be the most important aspects of a city in regard to not only green practices, but also quality resident life.

Many argue that Atlanta’s lack of an efficient public transportation system is hurting our future. Regardless if you believe this or not, I think every city could benefit from public transportation. In fact, easy access to public transportation is a very desirable buying point for urban homebuyers. It is obvious that this is something that city residents want and are willing to pay for. All of this coupled with the sustainable aspect of public transportation makes it a high priority for cities.

Among other aspects, the article hits on the importance of farmer’s markets and gardening facilities. These are two emerging trends in the housing market right now. Consumers desire a designated garden space in houses, condos, and apartments.

I find it interesting that so many of the attributes listed in this article line up with current housing trends. I think this all goes back to the emerging sustainability trend. Consumers are starting to understand not only the benefits, but also the importance of green construction and amenities. It will be interesting to see how the housing markets of these top-ten sustainable cities recover in the coming months. Do you think they will do better because of their sustainability efforts?

Sibet B Freides