Friday, November 13, 2009
The City taketh away ...
Just a block down Albert Street from the new tree planting at the parking lots, the City has removed a dozen trees from their City Living housing projects. These trees were in front of the project at the corner of Albert and Booth, and Albert and Rochester (the trees were removed on the Rochester street side) and the corner of Albert and Preston.
As shown in the pictures, these were mature trees, planted about 25 years ago when the housing projects were built. The housing is now undergoing "renewal" by recladding the stucco with artificial wood; and removing the brick sound barrier walls to be replaced by plain pressure-treated plywood panels.
The above picture shows the CCOC housing that separates the two City Living projects. It's trees (and brick sound wall) have not been removed. They are large maples, providing sound and dust abatement for the housing units.