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A tree grows in East Boston, and another, and another

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports on a volunteer effort to plant 100 trees in East Boston this spring as part of an effort to increase the neighborhood's tree count closer to that in Boston's leafier neighborhoods.

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Did you see the Globe's recent take that all of this green stuff in East Boston is a bad thing?
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/04/02/metro/is-green-gentrification-dri...

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They would know about the sorts of community initiatives that are working to prevent improvement from creating gentrification.

Of course gentrification of East Boston has far less to do with green trees as it does with blue lines. Although that wouldn't happen if all areas within 25 miles of city hall were well served by transit.

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That’s great news, even for those of us who live on the other side of the river as Boston tends to follow Cambridge’s smarter transportation policy with a 5-10 years delay.

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Some homeowners don’t want tree’s planted in front of their homes, reason being once fall comes homeowner has to sweep leaves up , who needs the hassle.

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I mean, you have to shovel sidewalks...

Home ownership brings with it certain chores. If you're not up to it, don't buy a home.

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Maybe they should go live in a high rise?

Best place for them.

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There's nothing wrong with adding greenery to a neighborhood. In fact, it's very beneficial, because it helps keep the air cleaner, and makes for attractive scenery, and more happy people, as well.

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If they are planting the trees in holes that originally had trees which have since died or got removed, what's to prevent that from happening again?

Might be worth the city using some of the recovery funds to buy metal guards for the trees and also test for slow gas leaks which slowly kill trees. If the leaks are found, force the utility to fix the pipes and replace the tree too.

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If they are planting the trees in holes that originally had trees which have since died or got removed, what's to prevent that from happening again?

Choosing a different species, sometimes. There are a lot of city trees that are grand old beings, but they've outgrown spaces that they really weren't suited for (lindens for example, used to be a very popular city tree, but they take up a lot of space).

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I hope they dig up some parking spaces and plant the trees in them. That way the trees can actually grow to a normal useful size and not just be decorative street furniture that will die or be chopped down in a few years.
Make permanent mini parklets around these trees. With benches.

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