Improve Health of Seattle Residents by Greening Vacant Lots

Target: Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn

Goal: Improve health and safety in Seattle, Washington by greening vacant city lots.

Almost every neighborhood in the city of Seattle has at least one vacant lot spoiling the landscape. Changing vacant lots into green spaces has been proven to improve the safety, health, and general wellbeing of residents. Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn needs to establish a plan to turn these useless spaces into green zones.

A recent study discovered that green spaces make residents feel safer than vacant lots. This is for good reason, as the study also establishes that crime rates declined immediately after the switch to green spaces. The study also suggests a probable increase in resident health, both by the reduced stress from feeling safer and from increased physical activity, as encouraged by having a park-like area nearby. Green spaces have also been found to decrease fires and drug abuse in urban areas.

In addition, adding greenery to a city landscape has multiple healthy effects on the environment. Plants absorb airborne pollutants, helping to improve air quality. Green spaces also filter and absorb rainwater, helping to battle the harmful polluting effect that stormwater runoff has on local streams, lakes, and estuaries. Plants in cities are even able to reduce urban heat in the summer by absorbing light. Finally, the process of converting vacant lots to green spaces and maintaining these plots will generate a significant number of local jobs, boosting our economy.

The benefits of greening vacant lots are endless. This simple change will improve the health, safety, and ecological footprint of the city of Seattle. By signing the petition below, you can ask Mayor Michael McGinn to develop a plan to convert vacant city lots into green spaces.


Dear Mayor McGinn,

Vacant lots are smears on the face of our beautiful city, promoting crime and fear in the neighborhoods of Seattle. These unattractive plots of land can become useful and healthy green spaces with just a little time and care. Green spaces have been shown to increase feelings of safety, decrease crime rates, and promote healthy lifestyles for residents. The environmental benefits are plentiful, as city plant life absorbs air pollution, battles Urban Heat Island effects, and manages stormwater runoff. The difference this simple change can make will greatly improve the quality of our city.

While this project will be an initial expense, the investment will pay off by creating local jobs and decreasing the costs of crime. Ultimately, it will improve the value of our city. Please help uplift the city of Seattle by converting useless vacant lots into green spaces.


[Your Name Here]

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