Eureka's Stupid Street Tree Program
I was also surprised this morning to see two City of Eureka trucks with what I would assume are city workers tearing up the pavement to plant the trees. I was under the impression this was mostly a private and volunteer effort, albeit encouraged and subsidized by the city.
Nope. We're actually using tax money to create problems that will cost more tax money in the years to come, never mind the traffic accidents and crime that- despite the tree supporters claims- are sure to result.
Funny thing about the example here is Marc asked me some months ago what it would take to cut back those huge rhododendrons blocking the view of their front windows. Then he goes ahead and puts trees on the sidewalk to further block the view!
We've already had our fair share of collisions here. You can bet there will be a few more because the trees on E Street will obscure the view to the north even more.
The only fun thing in this particular case is those trees will eventually block the pedestrian crossing sign on the corner. You can be sure I'll enjoy calling the city and asking that the sign be removed since the trees are blocking it anyway. Ironic that what some deem "traffic calming measures" are blocking traffic warning signs, huh?