is the process of making visual improvements in a town
, typically to an urban
area. This most often involves planting trees
, and other greenery
, but frequently also includes adding decorative
-style street lights and other lighting and replacing broken pavement
, often with brick
or other natural materials. Old-fashioned cobblestones
are sometimes used for crosswalks
; they provide the additional benefit of slowing motorists.
Beautification projects are often undertaken by city councils to refurbish their downtown areas, in order to boost tourism or other commerce. Often, this is also spurred by broken sidewalks, which pose a safety hazard for pedestrians and potentially insurmountable obstacles for wheelchair users. These projects are frequently part of other larger projects such as construction, especially in conjunction with ones for transit, such as streets and roads and mass transit.
Established in 1930, the Memphis City Beautiful Commission is the oldest beautification project in the United States.