In low-income Phoenix neighborhoods, the lack of shade trees is a question of equity
In central Phoenix, rows of multidecadal Aleppo pines and evergreens form lush corridors along residential city streets. Their canopies expand over roadways and sidewalks, diverting the Phoenix sun, allowing for a thriving ecosystem of human activity to form within its cover. Couples walk on sidewalks pushing strollers, a teenager rides his bike in the designated lane and an elderly man tends to a flowering rose bush in his front yard.
About seven miles away, a South Phoenix neighborhood built alongside a freeway bakes in the sun, its asphalt exposed from sunrise to sunset with limited tree cover across the residential area.