Readers sound off on trees for Church St.
September 06, 2012 12:34 AM | 1556 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of in reaction to recent MDJ stories.

Kristin Picken — Bring on the trees! Marietta Square and the intersections around it are looking better every day. I walk to and from the Square often and I love all of the changes.

Bollocks — Most of these ideas would be preferable and a nice added change to what exists now. Anything to make the environment nicer. And to those complaining about sidewalks buckling, your age is showing. By the time these trees can buckle sidewalks, you will be 30 years underneath them already.

Yes, Sanity — Why not do the right thing first? Oh, that is right. Y’all only live for the quick satisfaction. Don’t line Church or any of the surrounding streets or down medians with trees. Use plants, flowering plants, shrubbery and even one specimen tree in a planting group, but don’t line the incoming streets with trees that eventually destroy the sidewalks and make it hard to walk on them and limbs that get in the way when the trees are smaller. This is an example of why residents are so fed up with politicians. So FED UP!

UpDogFresh — As a business owner on Church street (you can see our front door in the renderings), I have to say that I’m in full support of anything that widens our sidewalks and gives us some shade. The planters are nice, but I would love to have some beautiful trees out front for myself and my customers to enjoy.

Dust-off — None of the options make for a sound decision. The trees grow and they buckle pavement and sidewalks as they try to send out roots to find water. They also damage underground utilities and will grow into the storm and sanitary sewer lines in their search for water. Why not clean up the building facades and have the property owner add awnings? Oh wait Goldfinger owns them all and he is PO’d at the city for not allowing his skyscraper.

Where is Sanity? — How utterly ridiculous to be considering how to spend money planting trees on this part of the street. I have lived here many decades and I don’t get out of my car on Church and bemoan the lack of trees. There are plenty elsewhere in the park and around the Square. When the trees are small they will get in the way of car doors and pedestrians. Later they will get too big and lift up the sidewalk and someone will stumble and sue the city. They aren’t needed down the center of the street either. Cars will hit them and then we have to replant. Spend money on things that make sense. When many around the Square complain about the lack of parking, it is the height of hypocrisy to think about taking away any parking spaces.

Shepherd Brown — Thank goodness for Tom Browning and his sound leadership on the Marietta Development Authority. As we all know, deciduous, broad leafed trees are among the biggest polluters around. Every fall they shed their leaves willy-nilly and never pick up after themselves. If leaves are permitted to fall on the buildings of Church Street, the possible benefit to the Square in terms of cooler temperatures, increased foot traffic and business, and natural beauty will be offset by the danger of structural collapse. There is, however, one compromise. We could let property owners put up buildings that are five, 10 or more stories high as Mr. Browning and Mr. Goldstein would wish. Then, we’d have no tree leaves crushing down fragile roofs. But, pedestrians would have to contend with being poked in the eye by sharp, falling leaves or other severe injuries due to extended tree exposure. The safe bet would be to not merely refrain from planting more trees, but cut down any existing threats to our safety.
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