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Mexico City’s Concrete Highway Pillars Have Transformed into Lush Vertical Gardens

Mexico City’s Concrete Highway Pillars Have Transformed into Lush Vertical Gardens

In an effort to improve air quality and to make Mexico City’s Beltway, a heavily-used, iconic expressway, more aesthetically pleasing, the private sector in Mexico City has created the Vía Verde (the Green Way). This “eco-friendly” initiative has transformed more than 1,000 concrete columns into over 15 acres of lush vertical gardens.

Vía Verde’s irrigation system operates from an automated, monitored, and remote-controlled system. Using “micro-spraying,” the necessary nutrients for optimal plant development allow the vertical gardens to flourish. Additionally, the water used is a mixture of treated water with rainwater recovery.



This citizen initiative came to fruition via Change.org, where more than 75,000 signatures were collected in just a week. Considering Vía Verde is funded by the private sector, its installation and maintenance isn’t a financial burden for its citizens or the federal or local governments. (*It’s important to note that the improvement of air quality is debatable as some activists argue that the city’s ‘government-supported car culture’ brings high-traffic and smog, which outweighs the benefits of the vertical gardens.)

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