Environmental Equity and Spatiotemporal Patterns of Urban Tree Canopy in Atlanta

Bon Woo Koo, Nico Boyd, Nisha Botchwey, Subhrajit Guhathakurta

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While previous studies in environmental equity found positive relationships between tree canopy and socioeconomic/demographic status of neighborhoods, few examined how changes in tree canopy are associated with changes in socioeconomic/demographic status. This study confirms that the relationship between them in Atlanta is changing and the hypothesis of inequitable distribution of tree canopy concerning demographic attributes cannot be fully supported beyond 2000. In addition, the proportion of African Americans can have different effects on the estimated tree canopy as poverty rates vary. Planning to mitigate environmental inequities through tree plantings requires more careful analysis that goes beyond the socioeconomic/demographic attributes of the population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-181
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the NSF grant 1444745 – SRN: Integrated urban infrastructure solutions for environmentally sustainable, healthy, and livable cities.

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  • environmental equity
  • longitudinal analysis
  • urban tree canopy
  • vulnerability


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