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Famous Urban Planning Quotes

Quotes on the Value of Trees
Our Own Quotes

Tree Related Planning Quotes

  • To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.  --Theodore Roosevelt

  • No shade tree? Blame not the sun but yourself.  
    --Chinese Proverb

  • And the earth brought forth vegetation... and God saw that it was good.  --Genesis 1:12

  • Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a tree, one need only own a shovel.  --Aldo Leopold

  • He that plants trees loves others beside himself.  -- Thomas Fuller

  • Trees cut pollution, they cool the air, they prevent erosion, they muffle sound, and they produce oxygen.
    Then, after all that, they look good.  --Dr. Richard Leakey

  • The suburb is a place where someone cuts down all the trees to build houses, and then names the streets after the trees. --Bill Vaughn

  • Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffett

  • The smallest patch of green to arrest the monotony of asphalt and concrete is as important to the value of real estate as streets and sewers. --James Felt, NYC Planning Commission, 1960

  • The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. - Nelson Henderson

  • The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb


Our Own Thought-Provoking Quotes and Soundbites

  • From 1960 to 2050, America has planned 90-years of time... in 20-year increments. 
    Such short-sited "Long Range Plans" are responsible for many problems. -- Urban Innovators

  • Columbus sailed beyond the horizon. If we plan beyond a “horizon year,” perhaps we’ll discover a new, more sustainable world. -- Urban Innovators

  • In your work, imagine how people 10, 30, 100, and even 1000 years from now will deal with what you do. 
    Don’t leave them with unsustainable or inflexible systems. -- Urban Innovators

  • Buildings in Rome have risen and fallen many times, but its streets have hardly changed. 
    Choose your streets wisely! -- Urban Innovators

  • Plan the projects of the next 20-years to be flexible and livable for 100 years!  -- Urban Innovators

  • Insanity? Building 70-year bridges, 10-years after studied, to serve 10-more years of a 20-year
    traffic forecast. -- Urban Innovators

  • One of the biggest problems in American suburbs is that short, local streets are too wide, and longer arterials are too few and too narrow for anything but cars.  -- Urban Innovators

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