It isn't enough just to build public parks, orchards and other kinds of urban forests and urban farms, there must be a culture to support such things. Farzaneh Bahrami in On Site review 25: identity, wrote about the public tradition of use in what we might see as the very inhospitable landscapes of modern transportation infrastructure:
There is memory, history, tradition, culture and family here, not dependent on the quality of the space. The point isn't to design a better highway median, but rather recognise that there is more to all of this than aesthetics.
One may read Farzaneh Bahrami's essay 'Tehran, Occasionally Public' here: