Some question the influence of landscape design on the social and physical well-being of a residential neighborhood. Is it just an aesthetic amenity to enhance property values, or does it have a more powerful, long-lasting effect on the residents? Could the landscape design actually improve the health and well-being of individual residents and the neighborhood at large? The answer is yes, in more ways than one. Street amenities such as walks, street trees and benches can make a tremendous contribution to the social networking within a neighborhood, which, in turn, strengthens the sense of community. A community with a positive identity enjoys a strong sense of ownership, pride, safety, and security. All these attributes contribute toward one's well-being. But all sidewalks are not created equal, nor do they have the same effect on people. The condition, construction material, width and placement of a sidewalk are variables that influence the appeal of a sidewalk. The more a sidewalk is separated from vehicular traffic the more secure a pedestrian feels. This is further enhanced if large street trees are planted in the parking strip dividing the walk from the street. Not only do the hefty tree trunks serve as natural bollards to protect the walker from straying vehicles, but the canopy of the tree lowers the vertical plane to human scale, thereby providing a sense of security from overhead. Strong, healthy neighborhoods are the building blocks of strong communities. Landscape designers contribute toward this lofty goal by carefully selecting safe, but characteristic materials for sidewalks, designing sidewalks of ample width for two people to comfortably walk abreast, and thoughtfully placing the sidewalk a safe distance from vehicular traffic. It is only through such sensitive landscape designing that residents are encouraged to leave the security of their homes and begin meeting and networking with their neighbors.