When a reader called yesterday to tell me about the tree in front of City Hall, I didn't realize that there was basis for his fear that the tree might be coming down. A tree in the 400 block of Warren Street had already been cut to facilitate the installation of a new streetlight.
Judging from the size of the stump, which has yet to be removed, this was a fairly major tree. I didn't count the rings, but I would hazard a guess that the tree had graced the street for more than a decade, perhaps two, and now it's gone--cut down so that a new streetlight could be installed in exactly the same place where an old streetlight had stood for thirty years.
Trees make a street more attractive and improve air quality. They encourage foot traffic; it's more pleasant to walk on a street with trees. Can't we respect our street trees for the valuable benefits they provide instead of treating them like expendable inconveniences?