KENNEWICK, Wash.- Streetscapes, the City of Kennewick's new policy, makes deciduous plants and trees mandatory for newly developed areas.
The new policy is the child of a two-year project to beautify Kennewick's streets.
New sidewalks will now have to have plant life instead of rocks or dirt.
The plan is meant to bring new businesses and professionals to the area, and in turn feed the local economy while also making different areas blend together better.
"We're trying to tie our commercial and entertainment areas together with pedestrian facilities and trails and landscaping that will add value to the commercial areas," said Ken Nelson, Kennewick's Economic Development Director.
The plan goes hand in hand with the city's new commercial building standards
Nelson adds that it's something communities around the country are doing to attract new life to areas.