Chicago's motto "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden) was established in 1837. Chicago has a rich horticultural history—let’s continue it!
There are many unused and unattractive cement lots in the West Loop. A few of the larger green spaces are simply landscaping and off limits for use.
Benefits of green space in a city include:
+ Community space to gather, play, and relax.
+ Ability to grow food.
+ Cleaner air.
+ Cooler temperatures in the summer.
+ Permeable surfaces lead to more rainwater absorption, less runoff and pollution.
+ Water retention. Water absorbed by the ground is filtered naturally and returned to our aquifers.
+ A stronger connection to nature which ideally leads to greener habits.
Let's bring pride back to our motto and create a healthier neighborhood!