And then there were three. Above is the horrible picture of another perfectly healthy, mature oak tree being torn down on 23rd Street North by the Public Works department (see our previous post here for Part 1). Note the anguished downtown resident begging the workman to stop; the workman of course had to follow orders. We do understand that Public Works employees, off the record, have stated they saw no good reason why healthy 35-year oaks needed to come down.
I urge anyone who’s moved by this arbitrary decimation of an essential urban asset to contact the Mayor’s office and your City Council person, to demand that an orderly process be reinstated at the City, whereby Public Works must communicate with Planning and City Landscape Architects before making decisions about removing trees. Right now that communication isn’t there.
Above you see the now completely denuded half-block in front of Baldone’s Tailor shop. The fact that this is a west-facing elevation makes this all the more tragic.
I sincerely hope that the Mayor and Council will recognize this as an immediate problem that needs solving. Downtown residents, visitors, and flaneurs aren’t happy. People who care about planning and urban landscape aren’t happy. A little bit of intra-departmental communication could go a long way toward increasing transparency and rebuilding trust. Here’s hoping.