The city removed two large street trees from my block over the past two years. They were the LAST TWO, meaning, we lost a considerable amount of shade, cleaner air, reduced heat, reduced pollution runoff, and reduced crime potential in this neighborhood. The city planted some street trees a few years ago, but IMO they are completely inappropriate- they are basically large shrubs that will sprawl out toward the street on one side and the sidewalk on the other. They will never be decent shade trees. I decided that I would jump through whatever hoops I had to, to plant a tree on City property. I already have an excess of trees to donate. I have tried numerous occasions to donate them, and ran into roadblocks every time. I have joined neighborhood associations and volunteered on planting projects, I have donated hundreds of dollars, but STILL faced endless red tape from the neighborhood volunteer organizations (that seem to be more focused on complaining about problems than actually making time and effort to solve them). Now, I'm going straight to the top and obtaining a permit directly from the city. I found all the info I needed online, so I don't need to be part of any organization at all- I just need official permission. Since I am not requesting any help, ther shouldn't be any problem. I'm even planting a tree from the city's approved list. Wish me luck. I'm mailing the application today.
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