The neighbors raised the alarm. Large and ancient conifers in the side yard of a property on lower Union Street recently acquired by Eric Galloway were being chopped down. Yes, chopped down. The three men who had been dispatched to fell the trees were equipped only with an ax. Very likely they were the same three men who appeared at the dawn one Saturday morning to remove the asbestos siding from the house destined for demolition on First Street at Cherry Alley with paper dust masks as their only HAZMAT protection.
The neighbors' outrage summoned Jamie Larson from the Register-Star, Mayor Richard Scalera, and Cleveland Samuels, the reason for whose presence there is not clear. This confluence of angry neighbors, officialdom, and the press succeeded in staying the workers' ax after only one tree had been felled, but who knows what tomorrow may bring?