Evelyn Cochran (1/3, Letters) only touched the tip of the iceberg in writing about sweet gum trees. Granted, their nasty little spiny balls are a pain to rake up, and they clog the sewers. Did you ever think, like I do, that whoever made the decision to plant all these trees had to have a college degree? Duh.
In my neighborhood, those trees have completely torn up the sidewalks. Some of the pieces of sidewalk are a foot high. The tree roots destroy the curbs. Kids can’t ride bikes on these sidewalks.
But here’s the real rub. If the city comes and replaces the sidewalks, the homeowner has to “pay” for the sidewalks the city destroyed with their sweet gum trees.
When the city came in my neighborhood and planted those trees, as soon as they went around the corner my husband went out and pulled the tree out of our parkway. Today we have a nice flat sidewalk, while all the others are a mess.