Vertical gardens might hold the key to a cleaner, greener city. That’s what Mexico City officials had in mind when they started “Via Verde”, or The Green Way.
Via Verde is an ongoing citizen-led initiative that aims to reduce pollution, beautify the city landscape, and improve the mood and health of Mexico City residents by converting hundreds of roadway pillars into vertical gardens. The vertical gardens will provide the city with an additional 40,000 meters of greenery that will help clean the air and also lift the mood of an estimated 20 million residents.
Various plants will be put on special cloth pouches that allow the roots to interweave in the cloth. They will then be attached to metal frames that will cover the pillars. This will help avoid damage to the pillars and absorb rain water at the same time. The plants themselves generate oxygen, absorb pollutants, beautify the area, and even help decrease traffic noise. They will be watered via an automated irrigation system supplied by rainwater.
The local government, private donors, and advertisers are all working together to fund this city-wide project. It’s an inspiring move that we also hope to see in more cities in the future.
Watch this video to know more about the Via Verde initiative: