Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tree Planting Fail
The new LISD bus depot located just west of the Russel Terrace colonia is practically finished. From casually scanning the area, it just looks like it's a humongous garage with a ton of parking. Gone are the cafeteria, playground, and classrooms that served as my introduction to the local public school system. That's fine. Progress has to occur. Unfortunately I didn't photograph Don Tomas Sanchez Elementary before it was knocked down.
Getting back to the new digs, I'm disappointed with the landscapers' placement of some trees. As you can see by the photo above, several trees were planted right under existing power lines. Hijole, Laredo! Apart from that, they're situated right next to a brick fence. Eventually the trees are going to be subjected to brutal pruning to avoid the overhead cables.
One thing's for sure: local landscapers know very little about design. I really would like to know who's in charge of this. And I don't want to pick on LISD because this happens all over town. It's just that this gives me an indication of what passes for design and construction.
Over at Shirley Field, I hope they have better contractors to handle the stadium that's going to be visited by thousands of people for years to come.