I'm not the only one with a huge ficus tree in front of my house. A home at the end of my block had four city-planted ficus trees. Only two are visible in this picture -
Additionally, they require frequent pruning or their branches interfere with power lines and obstruct visibility to street signs and traffic lights.
Like many things of great beauty, the ficus trees are a high maintenance luxury.
We knew the end was near when we saw the signs pasted on the trees -
According to the sign, they'll be replaced. But these trees are enormous. I doubt if the replacement trees will ever provide the shade these trees give.
I'm sad for the people who live in that house. They'll be left completely unshaded. I'm sad for the rest of us on the street. That house is no beauty. It's rundown, in disrepair. It might even be described as urban blight.
Without the trees, there'll be no hiding from the truth.
The chainsaw massacre began Saturday morning when the crew arrived -
Today this is all that's left -
And the house is completely exposed -
I just hope she isn't looking for her nest -