Update, 5/22: Swamplot has now confirmed that the tree was a Chinese Tallow, not an oak, as neighbors, and Swamplot, had originally reported.
Oh, those East Montrosians and their continuing tree battles. Here’s a photo of the street tree that once stood in more more leafly fashion in front of the property at 501 W. Drew St. The gentle warning tape wrapped around it appears not to have made much difference to the chainsaw operators who cut off its limbs last week, though. Had the tape been attached by a tree-hugging neighbor? Not exactly:
A little help from a passer-by was needed. “[I] ran out there at about midnight,” the tree-wrapper tells Swamplot, “in what could pass for P.J.’s, standing in an anthill, trying to get my arms around the trees.” And then:
I tried flagging down two gals who parked nearby and were headed toward the bars, but they thought I was a Montrose Kook. Eventually a very tipsy fellow stumbled down the street, and was kind enough to hold one end of the tape so I could ring it around the largest tree.
But the tape, which bore direct, anti-saw directives in 2 languages, failed its mission: The tree was left as the tall stump pictured above for a few days. And a neighbor now reports it’s been removed entirely. At left is a photo of the same tree in better days last year, before the former apartment house behind it was removed. Drake Custom Homes is currently building a 6-unit townhome complex behind it, on the corner of W. Drew and Whitney.
Photos: Swamplot inbox