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  • It is a hot day in July and the water in the reservoir looks inviting.
    The buildings rise up from the mass of trees below.
    It is typically 5 degrees cooler in the park.
    You can feel the change in the air a block away, funneling through the canyons.
    It was created in an era when planners had a pastural link to life.

    Many newer buildings are built without a setback from the sidewalk.
    They rise up abruptly, and the doors spit people out right into the crowded streets.
    There is perhaps a calculation of square footage to return on investments that drives that type of architecture.
    There is a height to width ratio, if life were lived like a blueprint.

    In the age of Nanny States I would like to introduce a tree mandate.
    For every storey high a building goes up, the corresponding number of trees need to be planted.
    The set back required for this would create a forest.

    I envision an ancient redwood forest on the tip of Manhattan as a monument for the destroyed towers.
    Trees as architecture, giant trees for a giant city.
    Cool breeze in the sweltering summer heat.

    I realize that this dream is unsustainable.
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