Tree-lined streets are one of the most often mentioned features that people associate with Georgetown. And it’s for good reason. Georgetown wouldn’t be what it is were it denuded of its beautiful tree canopy. Yet, beyond merely associating Georgetown with tree-lines streets, most people don’t think about our trees much more than that. So to address that, GM is introducing Tree Week here at the Georgetown Metropolitan. Each day a different topic relating to our trees will be discussed.
Throughout its history, the District of Columbia was known for its trees. In fact, it was often referred to as a city of trees. But that reputation was slowly lost during the second half of the 20th century. By the middle of the Barry era, DC’s street trees were in terrible shape. Georgetown was no better.
About 20 years ago, three georgetowners got together to do something about the state of Georgetown’s street trees. They formed Trees for Georgetown, which continues today as a part of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. Trees for Georgetown is a fantastic organization that is making huge strides in improving Georgetown’s canopy. (They will be the subject of tomorrow’s post). Continue reading