NOLAmotion Blog

August 20, 2009

Dozens of Trees Damaged on Harrison Ave in City Park

Bulldozed path under mature trees on Harrison Ave in City Park. Roots have been severed. These trees have been permanently damaged.

Bulldozed path under mature trees on Harrison Ave in City Park. Roots have been severed. These trees have been permanently damaged.

Good grief. I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this latest horrible development. Evidently the City of New Orleans bears some responsibility for restoring Harrison Ave through City Park. Not only are they widening the road–to the detriment of the oaks–but they’ve specified that a path be cut, evidently for sidewalks. Even the construction crew was surprised at the technical specifications which called for them to bulldoze the path. Now the trees have had their roots severed and are destined to be compacted and be abused by suffocating additions, likely concrete.

Why is it that as we rebuild we are killing so much of what matters in this town? What the floods didn’t take, stupidity is.

I couldn’t post all the pictures here so I built a Posterous page with 27 pictures. You can find it here at

Who is responsible for this latest crime against our quality of life?


Close-up of root damage next to a mature oak on Harrison Ave in City Park. This path was carved by a bulldozer to build a sidewalk where none existed before. Paths can be built without harm. Somebody screwed up big time.


  1. Morons.


    Our City government is a confederacy of dunces aligned against its own people.

    So sad, thanks for this terrible report.

    Again, idiots.

    Comment by Telemachus — August 25, 2009 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

  2. I am in complete agreement. I don’t understand why there isn’t more outrage. Stewardship of the park means protecting the landscape first and foremost. All development needs to be sensitive, innovative and enhancing.
    Thanks for dropping by and for sharing your thoughts. Please consider joining Friends of City Park to add your voice.

    Comment by nolamotion — August 27, 2009 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

  3. Keep it up Steve. I don’t talk with you much, but I read your comments and 99% agree with them…Keep it up.


    Comment by Mike McCall — September 10, 2009 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

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