Tree Chop in Progress in Lawrenceville

5 Aug

One of the only lovely shade trees in Lawrenceville on Fisk Street is currently being “pruned” to make way for ugly wires.

I don’t have a working camera on me so I tried to use the camera on my computer and got this picture.

It is still full at the top but pretty soon it will look like these poor trees around the city. (see last week’s post on Unintentional Topiary: When Trees are Butchered)

Now they’re almost done and this tree looks like it was hacked to pieces by someone with a significant rage problem.

This is a horrific business and maybe not as glamorous or compelling as the oil spill but is just another indication that we as Americans continue working to bend nature to accommodate our need for luxury. This is infuriating and devastating to watch.

Maybe it’s time that we start figuring out how we can afford fit ourselves in around nature.

I’ll get a picture when they’re all done and post that later.

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5 Responses to “Tree Chop in Progress in Lawrenceville”

  1. Laura Walsh August 5, 2010 at 09:34 #

    It is still happening right now! I can hear them grinding up the tree and it’s making me crazy that I can’t do anything about this. We need to make burying power lines a priority. Power lines can exist below the surface but we need trees above ground to benefit from them.

  2. John Morris August 5, 2010 at 09:35 #

    One of the benefits of higher densities is buried utility lines become economical, saving trees.

    Lower Manhattan has had burried power lines since the blizzard of 1888. Most of NYC has them making it a much lower risk place to do business.

    • Karen August 5, 2010 at 10:55 #

      Aren’t above-ground wires also related to certain kinds of cancer, especially breast cancer? I thought I remembered that theory for the high incidence of breast cancer in women in Long Island.

      • Laura Walsh August 5, 2010 at 11:15 #

        I’m not familiar with that but wouldn’t be surprised.

        Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest
        has a list of the numerous benefits that trees provide including: “Trees provide a soothing and harmonious environment that reduces blood pressure and speeds healing. Studies show that hospital patients recover faster when they have a view of trees.”

        And the cutting down and removal of trees has the opposite effect I can attest.

    • Laura Walsh August 5, 2010 at 11:08 #

      I think people have to start demanding it, we have the density here to justify it. Actually we have enough density that NOT burying them needs to be justified.

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