26 Jun '12, 5am

Outrage After Tree is Cut Down to Improve View of Billboard

Outrage After Tree is Cut Down to Improve View of Billboard

As living fixtures upon otherwise cold and stark scenes of urban sprawl, trees play a vital role in preserving the health and emotional wellness of a city and its denizens -- but to some, sadly, they are seen as just getting in the way. For nearly three decades, a stately Linden tree grew in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, its canopy offering a welcome sight to passing motorists and pedestrians along the major thoroughfare where it had been planted. Recently, however, the community was appalled to discover that that healthy, 30-foot tall tree had been reduced to a stump one day without a clear reason as to why. After an investigation, ABC affiliate NewsNet 5 uncovered the culprit -- Clear Channel, the owner of a massive billboard installed nearby. The tree's oxygen producing leaves, so it seems, were partially obscuring the important message plastered along the roadside eyes...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/outrage-ci...

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