Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Now You See Them, Now You Don't

On Monday, Gossips reported the intel that Stewart's was planning to cut down three mature shade trees behind 160 Green Street, the house next door to the one that was demolished to enable Stewart's expansion. Today, the deed was done. The photographs below show the site before and after.

Photo: Skip Schultz

Photo: Skip Schultz
We are informed by "unheimlich" in a comment on Monday's post that Stewart's has offered to replace the trees and will be addressing the stormwater issues on Bayley Boulevard. So, I guess that's supposed to make it all right, and no one should mourn the loss of these trees.


  1. PAVE PARADISE -- PUT UP A PARKING LOT -- joni mitchell said it well. Cutting down the tree for no good reason.
    Good luck in "replacing" a mature tree like that.

  2. No, that's not supposed to "make it alright," but can we be a little less jejune when we're talking about unforeseen circumstances? In that regard, Stewart's response is the more enlightened one.

    It's far too easy, and even a bit reprehensible, to automatically appeal to the inner Puritan when faced with each new dilemma. Eventually the approach will come up as hypocritical, if only thinly protected by self-regard.

    We were reminded earlier this week about the historic "in-fill house" torn down on Union Street in 2013. At the time nobody took the slightest interest which, at the time, seemed very odd to me. Perhaps if the house was Galvan-owned we'd have wept for every memory even when those memories weren't our own.

    Actually, I think it's right to mourn lost houses, lost trees, and lost resources, but when that spills over into self-righteousness then our contradictions aren’t far behind.

    We ALL use petroleum products; we ALL use electricity; we ALL use trees; we ALL use cement, we ALL use Becraft's excellent stone …

    When we absolutely must acknowledge the necessity of these resources, our inner Puritan ensures that we use them with a chip on our shoulders. At that point, who can say if reducing everything to a matter of good-versus-evil (or whatever the secular counterpart is) doesn't actually shield us from our own ingratitude?

    In contrast to this compulsive projection of guilt, the moderate strives to see all sides of a problem, relying on prudence, and yes, appreciation, to best evaluate the sacrifices we all ask of nature.