glad you liked the august wilson planting and the sweet soil cells, which house the soil beneath the sidewalk so that the trees grow larger faster, and so they don’t up heave the concrete… but we can’t do that to all the tree pits sadly. Hopefully the 30 square feet will be a big improvement over the previous ways of planting anyway? Soil cells are possible for new construction, but are also a bit expensive…
So what caused the decline [of American megafauna]? The jury’s still out, says Willerslev’s collaborator Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Johnson notes that archaeologists are turning up evidence of humans in the New World before Clovis, and he suggests they overhunted the megafauna. The beautifully crafted fluted spear points linked with the Clovis might reflect strategies that developed once the giants became rare and harder to hunt, Johnson adds.
And back on the tree topic, last night the same guys who installed the tree outside my house last night came back, dug most of it up, seemed to replace it with different dirt, and then covered it with mulch. Interesting.
This is for all of the people that care about the day to day life of the street tree at 39th and Liberty.
but re: the megafauna/archeaology discussion, I just read a really good book called “Born to Run” by Christopher something, nothing to do with Springsteen, about distance running, human evolution, anthropology and archeaology. Explains why we are basically killing ourselves by riding in cars and watching TV, a good easy winter read, I’m recommending it to everyone.
@caitlin belated thanks for the info. It would be great if trees planted around the new arena get that treatment. And I do hope they’ll plant a couple trees up there somewhere…they do have those plant boxes growing on the fences.
re: trees at the arena. Lisa Ceoffe, the urban forester with city planning, is in charge of making sure all the new developments have the proper planting around them. some folks submitted plans for this prior to her hiring, and therefore some trees aren’t quite up to par (see: bakery square)
she should be making sure that it’s all good at the new arena. Also, the Uptown people are pretty much all about new trees, so hopefully that will help.