Lack of trees in downtown KC could be hurting business - KCTV5

Lack of trees in downtown KC could be hurting business

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A lack of trees in the downtown Kansas City area could be hurting business, local environmental group Bridging The Gap suggests.

BTG tells KCTV5 a “heat island effect” plaguing portions of the metro has made Kansas City one of the top Midwest cities needing more trees.

“The heat island effect is the difference between the temperature in the city itself and the surrounding countryside,” BTG Executive Director Kristin Riatt said.

Riatt said parts of downtown can be up to six degrees hotter than certain Missouri suburbs on a warm day.

On Southwest Boulevard some store owners think little greenery is bad for business.

“A lot of customers don’t want to park here on the streets because of the sun,” Dana Peterman of the Mixing Bowl Noshery said. 

BTG is working with the city to line downtown blocks with new trees, hoping to change the landscape.

“We want the economy of Kansas City to be doing well and we want to attract people downtown,” Riatt said.  “Let’s plant as many trees as we can afford to do and as fast as we can.”

BTG is planning its next tree plant in the fall.  For more information on how you can help click here

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