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M ine is along living streets especially the residential onesin my community of Tucson or wherever else I may find myself. Living streets are full of joyous lifetrees and shrubs full of fruit healthy people planting and harvesting that bounty songbirds lizards and other native wildlife great views of the stars at night art shade fragrant flowers music played on a front porch and lots of bicyclists and strollers. Living streets contribute to that life by investing and infiltrating storm water runoff rather than wasting and draining that precious lifeblood away. Storm water is not directed straight to storm drains its directed to in-street and street-side basins for plants that shade the street and its walkways and to prevent flooding. This does not just happen. People make it happen. When my brother and I moved to the DunbarSpring neighborhood most of the streetscapes were hot and barren. But in 1996 we got together with many of our neighbors to create an annual neighborhood tree planting that has resulted in over 1400 trees growing in our neighborhood. As these living air conditionersthese treeshave Living Streets inTucson The many ways you can help create your dream community By BRAD LANCASTER 24 BikeLife Tucson After planting of trees. Reproduced with permission from Rainwater Harvesting for Dry- lands and Beyond Volume 1 2nd Edition. WhatisyourdreambikerideWhatisyourdreambikerideWhatisyourdreambikeride YourdreamwalkYourdreamwalkYourdreamwalk YourdreamcommunityYourdreamcommunityYourdreamcommunity WhereisitWhereisitWhereisit WhatisyourroleinitWhatisyourroleinitWhatisyourroleinit Street run-off fills street-side mulched tree basins for free flood-controlling irrigation. Photo by Brad Lancaster