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.
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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.)