Inside the box

Sidewalk trees have a hard life in the city.  Drought, dogs, car doors, pedestrians, construction, along with storms and disease.

But we need them and love them.  They provide shade, they absorb carbon monoxide, they soak up stormwater runoff.  And, they are beautiful and green and natural and do something good to our souls.

So, it makes me terribly sad when I see trees stressed by drought, partly because the earth in their tree box is so compacted by everyone walking over it.

Imagine my delight, walking through Santa Fe, when I saw this:

What an elegant design solution.  You can walk on the tree box and you can park and open your car door without compacting the earth or damaging the tree.  Not sure if the dogs will be in favor.

I love the simple brilliance of this.  Let’s share it with all our planning and public works departments!

3 responses to “Inside the box”

  1. lane says:

    so thoughtful… wouldn’t it have been nice if the British had maintained SOME control of the states… I’ll bet we’d have a much better looking country!

  2. LP says:

    If the Brits had maintained control of Alabama and Mississippi, sales of Budweiser would be nonexistent and sales of Guinness would be through the roof.

    Santa Fe = fun!

  3. F. P. Smearcase says:

    I am crossing my fingers for the tiny trees on my street. It will be a pretty street in X years (not sure how long trees take to grow) if people don’t kill them.