beautification n : the act of making something more beautiful
EtymologyNoun of action from English beautify, make beautiful, from beauty, from French beaute, from Latin bellitas, beauty or beautifulness, noun of state from bellus, beautiful, + noun of state suffix -tas.
- Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
- For the Roman Catholic Church declaration of being blessed see Beatification.
Beautification is the process of making visual improvements in a town or city, typically to an urban area. This most often involves planting trees, shrubbery, and other greenery, but frequently also includes adding decorative or historic-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 – not just for aesthetics, but also to slow down 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.