In an urban environment, street trees are considered a necessity but sometimes a nuisance. There are a series of considerations that should be made when incorporating street trees into the urban framework.
Root Barrier: What is the most common nuisance in our historic neighborhoods in regards to trees? Most people would say that it is with the cracks in sidewalks that are caused by the street trees. In fact, this is a very common problem that has led some municipalities to forbid street trees between the sidewalk and the curb. Everyone knows that street trees provide great shade and ecology to community downtowns and neighborhoods. There is no denying the great relief and enclosure that shade trees provide and the added habitat for birds, etc. The problem is, how do we provide this without jeopardizing our sidewalks?
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