2900 block of O St.
Yesterday, GM discussed the success story that is the sycamore down his block. But today he’s here with some more depressing news: we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to restore the canopy.
Above is an aerial photo of GM’s block today. You can see it’s got a decent canopy of trees on it and the connecting blocks. But compare it with this aerial photo of the same block taken in 1951 (curtesy of the fascinating historicaerials.com):
Just look at those trees! It’s like a rain forest compared with today. Browse other blocks on the site, you’ll see it’s mostly the same story: there were simply way more trees back then.
There are some possible reasons for why it was so great back then and not so great now. First of all, much of Georgetown (particularly north Georgetown like this block) didn’t get built out until the 1880s to 1890s. By the 1950s, the original generation of trees planted along the new houses would all be mature and quite big. It’s sort of like the first blooms of a rose bush in the spring: they all burst at once. Eventually this generation of trees gets sick and dies off at different points. Either they get replaced with new trees, or they don’t get replaced at all. Either way, it leaves gaps in the canopy. Continue reading
Perhaps one of the largest contributors to Georgetown’s beauty are the stately trees that line our sidewalks. But as you may have noticed, we lose a good number of these trees each year to the stresses of drought or blight. We need to constantly replenish our stock simply to maintain the status quo. And the tree you see above is a testament to what can be nurtured in a short amount of time if care is taken.
Skip back in time to the middle of 2011, this is how this stretch of 33rd St. looked:
There’s barely a tree box there, let alone a tree. This was the state of affairs just before GM moved into a house just down the block. That winter Trees for Georgetown fixed up the tree box and planted a sycamore. Continue reading
Photo by Don Bohowiak.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest: