The trees are in the public conversation again.
|Trees have been an enduring part of the streetscape.|
Note also the bikes! Photo, 1891: Salem Library
(This photo has been scanned well, and will enlarge to show great detail)
While street trees are an important part of traffic calming and pleasant sidewalks, the cast iron facade of Ladd & Bush Bank is unique in Salem and historically rare in Oregon. The Ladd & Tilton and Ladd & Bush banks were nearly twins in the 1860s, and in the 1960s when the bank was nearly completely rebuilt, the facade from Ladd & Tilton, which had been salvaged at demolition, was incorporated into the expanded facade of Ladd & Bush.
|Ladd and Bush Bank in Late Winter, new trees on right, old trees on left|
|Trees on State in fall color and shade (Ladd & Bush trees on the right)|
If you like the outdoors, maybe the big trees will be more important to you than seeing the building when the trees are leafed out. If you like the urban environment or local history, maybe retaining visibility of the rare and historic bank facade will be more important.
|For Lease sign at JK Gill Building, fall 2012|
props for the history!
Bayne building reflection in brick
To keep or to replace the trees offers no obviously really bad choice and your mileage will vary.
But I hope that a compromise can be reached that will open the canopy to let more of the building be visible while also retaining the virtues and charm of the street trees.
Update - Wednesday, the 10th
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While on the topic of trees and old things, here's a couple of venerable cherry trees. They have enormous root systems and trunks, but the smaller caliper of the branches and their distribution makes it look like they were grafted.
|Venerable Cherry in Candalaria area|
|Venerable West Salem Cherry|
* It should be noted that street trees, generally a good thing, are more apparently more highly regulated in the downtown historic district than drive-throughs, which are not at all historic and not generally a good thing for a walkable downtown.