If money would just grow on trees already, we wouldn’t have this problem. But Philadelphia is cash-strapped, and we could always use more trees. So the city, with the help of the University of Pennsylvania, is asking homeowners to step in and get to digging.
WHYY’s Peter Crimmins talked to officials with the city and UPenn who are helping the city reach its goal of planting 300,000 trees by asking homeowners to do some of the work. A tree in a backyard costs about $400 less than a tree planted in the sidewalk.