Yesterday there was a lot of talk about trees. Early in the day, word spread that a major tree in Cherry Alley behind 445 Warren Street was being cut down. That sadly was true. Soon after that, the rumor reached Gossips that no new trees could be planted on Warren Street. If an existing tree had to be removed, no tree would be planted to take its place. That, thank goodness, was not exactly true.
According to DPW Superintendent Rob Perry, the tree planting policy on Warren Street has changed, but there is no prohibition on planting trees. During the installation of the new streetlights it was discovered that in the past people planting trees had pushed aside the conduit carrying the power for the streetlights to make room for the tree's root ball. As a result, some conduit was badly bend and some now inextricably entwined with the roots of trees. Going forward, the City, working with National Grid, will require that the conduit be rerouted around the spot where a tree will planted. There is a cost associated with this which, according to Perry, must be borne by the property owner wishing to plant the tree.