To the editor:
Fellow tree people of Franklin and Mr. Mayor: The major works project on North Main Street is moving nicely. It’s needed more — it’s necessary. We are all glad to see it progressing. Even the temperatures have helped. Keep going.
But, my tree, the remaining tree between the courthouse and Graham Street, will probably be cut down soon. I hope not, as it has become Franklin’s “green” symbol. Main Street and its trees and Victorian houses have always been a beautiful approach to the city. Six or 8 feet of concrete between homes and streets just won’t do it. The trees have shaded and graced this area for years. Please give us back some green.
I am sure that Duke (Energy) stock will rise if we have another hot summer. In fact, we probably need more trees to protect us from more heat.
Please consider many green spaces. Chicago seems to be able to save the trees in a city of concrete. We certainly don’t need towering oaks with huge roots to interfere with the committed cement. Try trees that are less invasive.
Please, people on the councils that oversee this project, think green. It’s beautiful and healthy.
I retired to Franklin from the north 20 years ago because I found it a charming, diverse community with access to a major city. I have also enjoyed the benefits of a college town. We really have all the amenities. I have never regretted my move.
Let’s go for more green and less cement. Consider the green factor of the “tree city.”