Boston has been named on of the top 10 greenest cities in America. Thanks to the green space and a range of other factors, Boston residents can benefit from living in a city with natural benefits.
The cities ranked were based on the following criteria: parkland as a percentage of city area, air quality index, number of plots in community gardens per capita, percentage of homes with a garden or greenhouse, number of farmers markets per capita and number of farm-to-table restaurants per capita.
Boston has one of the longest histories of urban farming in the United States. The Fenway Victory Gardens are over 500 gardens and the oldest operating World War II victory gardens in the country, covering 7.5 acres.
In total 17.1% of Boston is parkland. This includes the Arnold Arboretum, with 15,000 living plants and a huge range of trees and shrubs.
As for farm-to-table, L'Espalier is one of the most famous in the city, with its own farm outside the city that supplies all of the freshly grown vegetables.
With Boston Common and the Esplanade, Boston residents have green and open spaces to choose from in each neighborhood.
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The full list of the US top 10 greenest cities is:
1- Portland, OR
2- Honolulu, HI
3- St. Louis, MO
4- Austin, TX
5- Seattle, WA
6- San Francisco, CA
7- Madison, WI
8- Jacksonville, FL
9- Greensboro, NC
10- Boston, MA
The full report can be found on realtor.com.