The company I work for has made a science out of taking abandoned high tech buildings, refurbishing them, then moving in. I've so far worked in two different buildings that were reclaimed this way. They recently reclaimed the set of buildings near the one I am in. It took months for them to make it useable, and the results were great.
The one major problem were the sidewalks out front. If they were a road, they would require four-wheel-drive, and even that might not be enough. The problem was that the sidewalk was lined with sidewalk-unfriendly trees.
I wondered how they would fix those sidewalks, and now I know.
If I had thought to take a picture a couple of weeks ago from this spot, you would have seen another three or four trees along the street to the right.
The street had regularly planted trees like these. Unfortunately, they were very hard on the sidewalks. I took this picture guessing that these trees would be the next to go.
These tress are not exactly in front of the building, but their sidewalk is also showing some strain.
This morning all those trees in the above pictures were gone.
Yes, I'm a bit of a tree-hugger, so I really hated to see this happen. But I'm sure there was no other option, and I would bet new, sidewalk-friendly trees will be planted in their place.
It's still really sad though.
That's it - move along...