To The Daily Sun,
Just a quick thought regarding the possible destruction of the iconic oak tree on Union Ave. Has anyone considered just reversing the planned entrance and exit to the newest example of urban sprawl? Pardon my simplistic reasoning, but this option came to mind after a little field inspection I did of the perceived problem. The requested solution will result in the removal of yet another valuable piece of history, to make way for what I'm sure will be a "can't live without it" business venture.
This tree, with a 14-foot circumference, has withstood everything man and nature could throw at it for well over a century, and is in relatively good health despite what some have intimated. It is a shame that the original edict made by the Planning Board to protect and maintain this "monumental shade tree" now may be in danger of changing due to new "problems" recently cited by city staff.
So, what will the fate of this awesome ancient tree be? I'm sure many of those who will be making the final decision remember strains of an old song: "paved paradise to put in a parking lot."
Ken Knowlton, Former Chairman
Belmont Conservation Commission
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