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METRO PARKS: Leave Ruston Way trees alone

Letter by Karen M. Jeffery, Tacoma on Jan. 19, 2011 at 11:31 am | 6 Comments »
January 19, 2011 12:03 pm

Re: “Attack of the Ruston Way trees” (TNT, 1-19).

Trees do not have an “ugly, sinister side.” When these trees were planted, the goal was to plant full-sized, graceful shade trees, not saplings.

Roots grow. Cracked sidewalks can be made safer with curves and safe rises. When new sidewalks were put in across from my house, s-curves were put in to accommodate the rising roots.

Yes, some remedies cost money, but so does tree removal and replanting. Sidewalks can meander and needn’t be in straight lines.

Leave the trees. We needn’t always rid ourselves of things that present a bit of problem. Or we’d be putting senior citizens like myself on ice flows.

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