This is a particularly volatile issue this year, as stories about homeowners being dinged with $2,500 bills for city repair of sidewalks, unless they undertake the job of replacing or repairing sidewalk damaged by roots themselves.
I love trees, but I think the Friends of Trees are doing homeowners and the city a disservice by encouraging tree planting where grass medians (between the sidewalk and the street) are too small to accomodate them in the long run.
The strip in front my house (and all along the 2 mile street that runs in front of it) is only 2' wide. The branches of trees that were planted by the Friends of Trees in the last three years are already hanging over the sidewalk and making it difficult for people to park on the street. Several have been taken out by cars already. When the tree matures, the roots will have nowhere to go but under the sidewalk. It would make much more sense to promote the planting of groundcovers or small flowering bushes or shrubs.
Friends of Trees provides a website URL on its flier and I went there, hoping to leave a comment encouraging them not to distribute literature in neighborhoods like mine because of the repercussions, but their website does not exist. It is a dead link "under construction."
My next step is to write the City and give them a "heads up" as well.
Is this happening in other neighborhoods, or is it only Arbor Lodge?