Can trees really help alleviate poverty? It sounds far-fetched, but studies show that the physical features of the inner city landscape may affect how people who live there function. The physical features of the inner city landscape may affect how people who live there function. According to a study by University of Illinois scientist Dr. Frances E. Kuo. Kuo found that when inner city residents have trees and greenery immediately outside their apartments, they cope better with the demands of living in poverty, feel more hopeful about the future, and manage their most important problems more effectively. Compared with residents whose apartment buildings were barren of greenery, residents with green surroundings scored higher on a test of concentration, reported greater effectiveness and less procrastination in addressing their life issues, and found their issues to be less difficult and longstanding. Exposure to green surroundings refreshes the ability to concentrate, leading to greater effectiveness. Even small amounts of greenery-a few trees and a patch of grass-help inner city residents to feel and do better. For the full article, click here.