The flyer, bearing the logos of our public-trust gas-and-water utility and "Keep Indianapolis Beautiful" chirps excitedly, "TREES COMING! A tree may be planted in the right-of-way near your home..."
In fact, I'm fairly reliably informed that one will be; there's no "if" about it. I am opposed to this. We had trees near that area when I moved in, a pine at our neighbor's and some kind of frangible maple in ours. The roots got into our sewer lines -- segmented clay tile, very vulnerable to root intrusion -- and the maple died in slow stages, finally partially collapsing over the sidewalk, posing a danger to pedestrians and costing me a lot to remove. Our neighbor had already gotten rid of the pine. Another maple nearby just fell over in a windstorm!
The flyer tells me a tree will intercept a lot of rainwater that would otherwise go down the storm drain and I'm all in favor of that, since my basement is still sometimes a way station for rainfall headed for the drain -- but don't stick the thing out where my sewer line runs. Both city water and city sewer come in from the front. Roseholme Cottage doesn't have a lot of frontage and all of it is neatly occupied by utilities, each in their own third: sewer, water, streetlight. There's no space for a tree.
First thing I will do is ask them to please take their tree elsewhere. After that? I don't know. I haven't got much of a green thumb and I'm certainly not going to expend any effort on the city's tree. If it's an invasive species, I'll be on firm legal ground to have it removed. (Also, if it's their right-of-way, how come I'm expected to mow it? How skillfully am I required to do the job?)
The grounds of Roseholme have a plumbing-free back yard where a new tree would be welcome, especially since I'm going to have to take down at least one of the old ones. There's exactly no chance they'd take that deal.
When the plumbers dig up my front yard to replace the drain line this tree will be going after, it's not going to beautify the city any. I've seen the aftermath of that. It looks like a WW I battlefield.
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