Proposal would create a $30 million fund to plant trees in areas suffering from heat

Two rows of new shade trees along Phoenix’s Baseline Road offer the kind of life-changing and life-saving infrastructure that the nation should emulate, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego said while visiting the site in the city’s Laveen Village on Wednesday.

Planted where they will shade the hot sidewalk between Cesar Chavez High School, a park, a busy bus stop and a library, the trees will reduce heat stress for thousands of people in a neighborhood that experts say has enjoyed less than a third of the shade needed to put in on par with wealthier parts of the city.

Gallego, D-Arizona, visited the site of what the city is calling the first of its “cool corridors” program, and then hosted a listening session with community and public health leaders.

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