Friday, November 13, 2009
The city giveth ...
I rejoice when the City provides some nice landscaping in Dalhousie neighborhood. The City owns some temporary parking lots along Albert Street, between Bronson and the transitway turnoff at the Good Companions centre.
They spent some time last month rigorously pruning and thinning the existing tree and shrub growth around the lots, possibly to improve the social safety of the parking lots by making them more open and exposed.
Then they added some topsoil, mulch, and planted a dozen trees at the entrance of the lot, which faces Brickhill Street (a tiny street that services the parking lots and connects to Old Wellington). I have never seen such tiny (skinny) trees planted by the City (some of the trees were larger caliber, some were mere whips).
I am curious though, why the trees were planted in a area that is planned for redevelopment, including major equipment staging area for the DOTT project (if it gets the go-ahead), where there are no nearby houses and few people to see or enjoy the trees, while the City steadfastly refuses to plant trees along the new multipurpose path running from the same transitway/Albert intersection westwards to Bayview station.