CINCINNATI -- If you walk or drive past Cincinnati City Hall this week, you might notice it looks a little... well, bare.
The trees are gone.
After a windstorm earlier this summer, an arborist found the purple leaf plum trees at the northeast corner of the building (on Plum Street - get it?) were a safety concern and should be removed as quickly as possible.
To be honest, they hadn't been doing too well for a while. Here they are on Google Street View in July 2015, looking a little rough:
So, the city had them chopped down in late July.
The other trees along Plum Street and Central Avenue got the ax over the weekend. They were Bradford pears, also a safety concern after the windstorm. And, while pretty in the springtime, Bradford pears are now despised by many and considered an invasive species.
They looked sort of sad a year ago, too:
The city plans to replace the trees, but there's no exact timetable or decision about what kind of trees will go in.