Map: Children vs. Green Space in Boston

The Metro Boston Data Common put together a map showing where Boston’s children lived, and where protected open space (parks, paths, and urban wilds) are. Here it is.

Open Space vs. Children

In general, the census tracts with the highest proportions of children in Boston are also the poorest areas of the city—the places which historically have received the least money for infrastructure and parks.

That’s unfortunate, because trees and dirt make kids healthier; they reduce asthma rates, allergies and even crime. Although it’s nice to visit Franklin Park or the Arnold Arboretum, most of Boston’s children would benefit more from more neighborhood parks than a few Grande Dames of open space.