Downtown public space will be getting a much needed boost from a new street tree replacement grant program. If you're a property owner downtown and within the boundaries identified above you'll qualify for a $500 grant to replace or plant trees in sites adjacent to your property. In return you have to commit to installing a private irrigation, remove any existing tree and care for it for the next 25 years. The goal is to replace or plant up to 50 street trees per year in the target area.
Now we're talking. If this goes well, we'd like to see it expanded to target some of our first-ring neighborhoods that have a significant 'tree-deficit'.