Several months ago I wrote a few blogs on the subject of trees and greenspace over at Alpharetta's proposed City Center project. Quite a few trees are slated to come down and a large and negative response from citizens resulted from this decision by Alpharetta City Council. Last I heard, one large and beautiful southern red oak is slated to be saved which is at least something and it did create an interesting dialogue on greenspace here in Alpharetta.
I am therefore quite interested in the situation going on over in our neighboring city to the south and east – Dunwoody.
It seems Dunwoody City Council has voted twice to reconfigure about a 4/10th mile stretch of road and in the process will take down 74 trees in a median. The residents of this small community of just under 50,000 are being vocal about this decision – many of them loudly in protest.
Everything from trees to cyclists are in this heated conversation. You can read the article in the AJC here.
It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out and to what extent the tax base will support it. If the trees do come down and Dunwoody City Council gets their re-configured boulevard, it will be interesting to see if it even has a positive economic impact and if so, at what cost to history and aesthetics.
Most of all to me it's interesting to see residents of other places outraged over the proposal to take down trees. Established trees intrinsically make new-ish places seem old and quaint and park-like even in the midst of new buildings, streets and sidewalks. Funny that city planners so frequently want to take them down.