Hey, here’s an idea – why not let’s give up on maintaining all this quite unnatural turf betwixt Fell and Oak?
What are we operating here, the grounds of Downton Abbey 94117?
We’re in a drought, right?
Here’s your view, here’s what you can reliably see all over Frisco these days, typically starting in late January each and every year:
The problem with comparing these trees to the cherry trees of your youth is that you’re comparing apples to oranges, or IRL, ornamental plums (Prunus cerasifera, you know known and grown for it’s very early flowering) to cherries.
Thank you, drive through.
Do not touch, do not ingest:
Just look at this thing in front of Pier 39 – it’s huge!
And it’s 100% real, for better or worse. I heard it’s 55 feet, but officially it’s 60, perhaps due to rounding, IDK:
I’m calling this thing an Attraction:
Oh, but why so soon, in early November?
(WHY SO SOON? TWSS!)
This issue hadn’t occurred to me – I guess it is a bit early. (But feel free to add that to the lengthy list of things I care absolutely nothing about.)
Anyway, the Lighting Ceremonies are coming November 21-22, 2015.
See you there!
All the DPW wants is simply this:
All the money it can get its hands on.
To that end, it wants to tax you mo money. But this proposed schedule, as seen on the BOMA Blog, sounds like a very very good deal for you, J.Q. Public.
‘Cause the last thing you want is liability for trees you didn’t plant and also actually, trees you didn’t even want in the first place.
Say yes yes yes to this offer, homeowners, afore they change their minds!
So here’s an example – what kind of possible liability problems do you see here, Gentle Reader?
Normally, our corrupt DPW (which thinks YOU’RE the deadbeat, for not giving it ever more money money money) would “transfer” all the headaches of tree ownership onto a nearby homeowner, but in this case it can’t. Isn’t that sad?
Frisco is good at planting trees, but it’s not good at taking care of trees.
The Public protested the white notices, so now the follow-up notices are here. They’re yellow:
One assumes that tree lovers will show up at this DPW meeting on April 27th and DPW will (sort of) listen to them for two minutes each and then most of the hundreds of sidewalk trees on this 3000-foot stretch of Masonic Avenue will get chipped later on this year.
Now I say ironically because it’s standard practice for our local pols to talk about San Francisco’s “urban canopy” as if we were close to having one already IRL.
But here’s an actual canopy, on Masonic near Geary, that’s doomed for the chipper because of some bogus art project called “Points of Departure.”
One supposes it’ll be a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine of the big new federally-funded, state-funded “Streetscape” / pork-barrel project go down? (Our SFMTA is working, slowly but surely, on this gig what has turned out to be less “shovel-ready” than advertised…)
One local, beloved blogger has gone as far as calling this slow-motion disaster Arbor-Geddon 2015.
Now here’s a little history about how SFGov works, courtesy of San Francisco Mayor (1996-present) / local lobbyist Willie Brown:
“I wanted the trees gone, but knew I’d face stiff resistance both from homeless advocates and tree supporters. We brought in a tree expert and wouldn’t you know it, some of the trees had a blight. I issued an emergency order, and that night park workers moved in and dug up and bagged the trees. By the time the TV cameras arrived the next morning the trees were on their way to a tree hospital, never to return. So bless me, father, for I too have sinned. I just did it before everyone had a cell phone camera.”
Delightful story, Willie. Simply delightful.
Anyway, kiss this small grove, improbably near a big #38 MUNI stop, good-bye.
Now what kind of buds, IDK…