Monday, May 13, 2013

Eight Trees Cut Down for This

In March, I complained about the loss of eight beautiful trees on the former site of Charley's Eating & Drinking Saloon, which now houses the Frye Boot Company. 

Why were the trees sacrificed? So they could be replaced by one small tree and seven brick planters that look like overbuilt chimney tops. That's an awful lot of masonry to hold a few little flowers. I find then unattractive, unimaginative, and awkward (and if you ask me in person, I'll tell you how I really feel). As they were going up, I thought they would become bases for plate-glass shoe cases. But, no, all that construction was for some pansies.

If they wanted flowers, they could have planted them in the ground, or used several large, heavy pots or tubs. Those would have looked less silly and offered much more flexibility — and preserved the trees. If they were worried about theft, the pots could have been discreetly bolted to the bricks. I'm sure other businesses have found good solutions.

Isn't it a disappointment? If you remember how lovely the dogwoods and the white birch were, I bet you'll agree. What a senseless waste of mature trees, and bricks, and oh, yeah, money. I know the latter has got to be the real reason all those trees were taken. But it will never make sense to ME.


  1. Maybe those big square planters are to give people a place to rest their sore feet and reeling brains after they realize they've just bought expensive, pinchy boots!

  2. Perhaps... and have you tried their flats? Really elegant, come in a wide range of colors, and cause pain in a wide variety of places (besides the credit card).


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