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Abstract

This Article discusses the impact of urban development on trees. It discusses the importance of having trees in urban neighborhoods by increasing property value and highly benefiting the ecological system. It also discusses alternative policies that other cities have implemented to deal with the impact of development on the environment. Finally, the Article proposes various solutions to the problems faced by New York City specifically, arguing that the city should adopt a comprehensive urban forestry program that would asses the current status of the urban forest, evaluate the environmental impact of development, and protect tree and landscaping ordinances.

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