Dear SeabytheCity, I wanted to email you regarding subject near and dear to many of us residents. We are all eagerly awaiting the re-planting of trees. While West Walnut did get their trees planted just this past week – -I had an unfortunate situation.
When the city came around to determine where trees need to go, I was informed that only one of the two trees removed by the city would be replaced. The city decided that trees would not be replaced if they were in the space right next to any driveway apron. While I live on a one way street — and the spot next to my driveway would not hinder any traffic (it was in the other direction), the city was not inclined to replace the tree.
While I wasn’t thrilled with that, I accepted their decision. I was told that I would be permitted to plant my own tree if I elected to do so. So — my husband and I set out on our journey to find a tree for the empty mound of dirt at our curb. We were quite diligent in our decision making process — to not get too dense a tree to interfere with power lines; not too thick of a tree to be massive near a driveway; a tree that would grow and flourish and not compete with the city proposed trees per their plan.
We found one! And, we happily planted a beautiful and healthy Silver Birch….slender, regal and about 7 feet tall (first photo). My husband took great care in planting that tree only 3 weeks ago. You can imagine our horror when we woke up Sunday morning to the second photo. You can see that there are no tire treads and no unfortunate backing into the tree unintentionally. You also see no fallen tree lying at the curb. What you do see is some dirt that got kicked into the street — stemming from what police surmise to be a deliberate kicking/vandalizing the tree – and carting it off with the offenders as a trophy.
While I saw your post [the other day] about poop bags being tossed toward a garbage can with such little car and regard for others — it dismays me that many other residents don’t have respect for our beautiful city — I am more astonished and dismayed at the deliberate actions of others to ruin something that someone clearly took the time to make better. My husband and I work hard – and a lot of hours for our money. We take great care and pride in our home and have worked diligently on it since we moved in to make it a nicer, prettier place and to hold itself against the other well-maintained homes on our street. Why would someone be so mean, calculated and destructive to someone else’s property? The action of neglect is one thing (as with the littered poop bags) — the deliberate action of destroying something is so violating to me. I would think at the ripe old age of 55, that I would grow used to this sort of behavior; I don’t want to nor should I.
It’s a sad day at Bungalow Lover’s house. My husband is completely heartbroken (as am I) that someone would do something like this.
**rant over and thanks for listening**