Sunday, September 23, 2007
Murdering trees on the Capitol Square
The old, big trees on the outside terrace of the Capitol Square are being removed. Having cleared South Carroll Street, the city can now move on to North Carroll and clear those big, old pesky trees in the background.
Call me an old-fashioned tree-hugger, but I think this is a crime. What's the hurry? There's no major problem with the trees now. They provide shade and beauty, and removing them totally destroys the character of the Square. Sure, there may be long-term problems with these trees because of what has been built around them. That doesn't mean they have to be destroyed now, en masse, as some weird kind of preventive measure.
Whatever happened to the idea of doing some judicious replacement and letting new trees grow naturally to replace the older ones. What's this totalitarian impulse to landscape the Square by clearcutting it?