Cities

Curbing roadside chaos

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The lowly curb has become a coveted piece of urban real estate.

The big picture: It's also a chaotic mess thanks to exploding demand for street-side access — by hordes of delivery trucks, taxis and ride-hailing services; electric bikes and scooters; city buses; pedestrians; construction crews; garbage trucks; parked cars; and meters.

Green space boosts mental health

Chicago. Photo: JaySi/Getty Images
Chicago. Photo: JaySi/Getty Images

Plenty of governments add green space to improve physical health. Few, however, consider the psychological benefits these spaces provide.

Driving the news: Research published in the latest issue of Science Advances explains the growing evidence that suggests contact with nature can improve psychological well-being and reduce risk factors for some types of mental illness.