Thursday, May 9, 2013
Requiem for a Tree...
Today as I came home from work, I turned the corner and all I saw was a huge, raw hole in the ground. The most beautiful tree in Vancouver no longer exists. It's gone. The adjacent building is an old heritage church, and it now houses a neighbourhood community centre. The centre is expanding and renovating its premises, and during renovations of the building, they chopped down the tree. I actually feel real grief.
No matter what "improvements" they make to the building, it will never look the same without that wonderful tree. It just looks like yet another barren structure in the middle of the city. I'm sure it will be very nice, and it will provide better services to the community it supports. But as Holly Golightly would have said, "But, oh, golly, gee, damn...!" did they really have to chop down such an exquisitely beautiful tree in the process?
I'm glad I took pictures of it, to remember it.