Fine old trees gone
They pulled it off Monday with SWAT-team precision, in broad daylight. The suspects couldn't move anyway, but still they were first fenced in. In retrospect, it's clear that was to keep anyone else out, but just for good measure, a rent-a-cop was on hand too.
Then, one by one, they were systematically mowed down and swiftly whisked away with a crane.
Not content to have chain-sawed all the nice ironwoods that had somehow managed to survive in those oversized planters late last fall (at a time when they were dormant and easily could have been transplanted somewhere or sold at a handsome price), now the Pittsburgh Parks "Conservancy" has seen to it that all the sycamores growing on the Hillman Library side of Schenley Plaza have joined them as mulch.
Apparently old trees need not apply for space at their new plaza. I hope they're proud of themselves.
Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and chairman of the Braddock Hills Tree Committee.
Were the trees sick or dying? Why did they have to go?