What year would that photo have been taken? Since 2010, I have been frequenting Stephen Ave pretty much weekly. It never occurred to me that those trees are no longer there.
As the person who took the photo, I can tell you that it's from August 2008What year would that photo have been taken? Since 2010, I have been frequenting Stephen Ave pretty much weekly. It never occurred to me that those trees are no longer there.
Agreed. Stephen ave was a fantastic place for a summertime stroll, back when it was full of Elm trees.
I wonder if doing raised planters on Stephen ave would work. Can incorporate benches or a spot for food vendors maybe. Just keeping the salt away from the trees would make a huge difference!
From what I recall on previous discussion around street trees is that the main challenge is the root systems. Surprisingly - small concrete sarcophaguses are not a good medium to grow healthy roots. Some of the better approaches are those plastic soil cells so the tree routes can go under the pavement, but also just making far more permeable areas for water to seep through. Doesn't have to be garden beds/planters necessarily, but just needs way more surface area where roots exist and access for water to enter the ground. Stephen Ave could easily have permeable surfaces that support foot traffic. I can imagine some stupid rule exists that a pedestrian street needs to be able to support a 25-tonne fire truck for reasons and therefore a road department would reject any permeable surfaces that can't support that weight as the fire truck would be prioritized.I am not a huge fan of raised planters in areas that are supposed to be major pedestrian areas. They just seem like they create too much of a barrier/obstacle. Barclay Parade is a good example (or maybe a bad one, given the size of the planters they have). I get and support the raised planters along the median of roads like Memorial and 16th Ave, but my first thought is I don't want them on Stephen Avenue.