Everybody loves the big old shade trees on Albany streets in the summer. Their downside is that their roots sometimes crack the pavement below, and then somebody decides they have to go.
Casually pedaling through the Hackleman Historic District on Thursday, I saw a crew from Century Tree Service (according to their trucks) at work in the 200 block of Southeast Jackson Street.
Albany requires city permits for cutting down trees above a certain size. The permit in this case was for removing “one large walnut tree that is badly impacted by power lines (and) is destroying sidewalk, curb and street.”
Having grown on the house side of the sidewalk, this was no street tree, strictly speaking. But note that the city or somebody has planted a young tree in the parking strip next door to where the walnut stood.
So with luck, one of these years summertime shade should be restored on the east side of this short block of Jackson Street. I’s just a matter of time. (hh)