Can’t See the City for the Trees

In the of New York City’s 1 Million Trees initiative, some city residents are saying it’s too much green. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg installed the 500,000th tree in St. Nicholas Park in Upper Manhattan on Tuesday amid accolades and applause from environmentalists and conversationalists alike.

But local residents living around these new saplings are worried these baby trees will eventually grow into not so baby trees- creating bulking, blooming, and bird-attracting nuisances to their streets. Some residents are worried about producing roots and overhanging branches, while others are afraid the new sidewalk additions will confuse their dogs.

Even tree advocates are worried about the potential long term complications for the trees. A few of the trees have already met untimely deaths from diseases of improper care and activists are worried the city has not put enough effort into maintaining the trees after they have been planted.

What do you think, is there such a thing as too many trees?

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