End of An Era

I’ve been blessed with a few years of red and swamp white oaks as street tree neighbors on my way to the subway. A plethora of life forms sucking, chewing, reproducing, and dying on these trees has been visible at eye-level.

Argh, but the contractors recently came through to limb all these up. Now the branches and leaves are well out of reach.

Limbing trees can make their boles stronger, but I’ll wager the impetus for this is parking. Street trees, after all, must make way for cars. Pedestrians on the sidewalks are quite capable of avoiding branches, and now they’ve lost an excellent outdoor schoolroom. One of these blocks isn’t at all residential, and the other has…a parking lot next to the row of young oaks.

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