It’s quite a shock to look west on 5th St. from Division. Yesterday, over a dozen trees were cut down for the 5th St. construction project. While I was taking these photos this morning, several people, including three business owners, approached me, expressing anger, dismay, and confusion. One said she’s attended all the City meetings about the project and it was never mentioned that the trees would be taken down.
Here are some old photos that give a glimpse of what it used to look like.
I’m sure there’s a rationale for it, but I don’t know when and where it’s been communicated. City Engineer Katy Gehler-Hess and Public Services Director Joel Walinski never mentioned it in the video interview I did with them a month ago.