Advocate editorial board opinion: Trees should have been saved
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We think more effort could have saved the two 50-year-old trees that were cut down in front of the Victoria Public Library on Main Street.
Cities that have preserved their trees include Austin and Goliad. Both towns have built around existing trees, and visitors are always happily surprised to see trees being saved. All it takes is a little thought and effort.
Without a doubt, trees are part of Victoria's attraction to visitors. You see magnificent trees in Riverside Park and throughout the area. Take a drive down East Santa Rosa Street and enjoy the canopy of oak branches, providing shade over the entire street. This is one of many examples in the city of beautiful trees cascading over streets.
The trees by the library extended over Main Street, too, providing shade and beauty.
While cutting down the trees may have saved some expense building around them, we don't think it would have taken too much to save them.
And if trees threaten foundations, perhaps we should cut all of them down through the town. The foundation argument for cutting the trees down is weak.
While we are disappointed with 50-year-old trees being cut down, we are pleased that the city has planted beautiful magnolia trees around De Leon Plaza. These new trees, by the way, were planted with brick pavers surrounding them. We hope that at some point the roots don't cause uneven pavers or threaten some foundation.
Let's preserve our trees. Take more time to figure out how to save them if they happen to be in the middle of a project. After all, 50 years is a long time for a tree to grow, and these beauties can't be replaced overnight.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.