Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What a Difference an Uncertain Amount of Time Makes!

Or does it? I took this picture of 3rd & Vine back in April:

Those are some of 3rd Avenue's surviving honey locust trees. Yes, they're usually that ugly and skeletal when they don't have leaves. But then spring comes along and, well, you wait a long time for anything to happen, because they're notoriously tardy with the foliage, but then, voila:

Uh, frankly, I'm disappointed. I mean, 4th & 5th Avenues are currently plunged into eternal refreshing shade by their mighty maples, oaks and planes. These 3rd Avenue locusts don't swing that way. They don't provide good shade, and they're still really un-lush and ugly. Why didn't the city just cut them all down when they had their chainsaws handy? They're totally unappealing and they make 3rd Avenue look even more pathetic than it really is, which is very pathetic to begin with. But hey, if 3rd was really cool, the only N-S thoroughfare to laugh at would be Western Ave. Hey, that's a great idea! Stay tuned for it!

1 comment:

Jim said...

These trees (Gleditsia triacanthos) not only leaf out late, they also shed them early. I much prefer the Robinia psuedoacacia 'Frisia' as a street tree.