Image: Vancouver Courier
Over the last few days there has been a lot of chatter about the trees that were cut down last Wednesday on the corner of Granville and 16th (McRae avenue) in the uber rich neighbourhood of South Granville. The clear cut, which, also exposed the heritage Nichol House, was done to make way for a new luxury townhouse development. This is after all is Vancouver, a new development should not surprise anyone at this point. However, as usual this has upset a whole lot of people, some of which, have no ties to the neighbourhood at all.
I know this is Vancouver and we love our trees, I get it, I really do. A similar (more vocal perhaps) disdain was expressed when they cut down the trees on Granville during the Granville Street reconstruction. However, I would say that the cutting down this batch of trees on Granville and 16th is hardly an environmental crime. The anger for area residents probably has more to do with their mansion rights being infringed upon then cutting down a bunch of trees in an unused corner.