A row of 5 already-growed-up oak trees took up their new home along the North Blvd. flank of the Wendy’s drive-thru at 5003 Kirby Dr. last weekend, to replace the same number along the public right-of-way that went missing after dark last Halloween on account of they were chopped into pieces by order of the franchise owner. “The new trees at Wendy’s are so big they had to close the road to install them,” writes the reader who sent in these photos. “. . . almost as big as the ones cut down.“
One more tree is still to come — for this spot on Kirby Dr., right in front:
- Previously on Swamplot: New Installation Marks Locations of Kirby Dr. Wendy’s Oaks with Thick Yellow Ribbons; Tree-Cutting Settlement Buys New Landscaping Around Kirby Dr. Wendy’s; Wendy’s Kirby Dr. Drive-Thru Memorializes the Corner Oak Trees Its Owners Chopped Down Illegally with New Commemorative Plaque; Kirby Dr. Fast-Food Joints at North and South Blvds. Show Off Their Street Oak Buzzcuts; Looking into Houston’s Burger King Tree-Hacking Problem, Beginning Right Down the Street from the Kirby Dr. Wendy’s; Days After $300K Treecutting Settlement, Workers Are Back on the Job at the Kirby Dr. Wendy’s; City Nets $300K Settlement for Late-Night Kirby Dr. Wendy’s Oak-Axing Incident; City Reportedly Planning Legal Action Against Kirby Dr. Wendy’s Late-Night Tree Whackers; Kirby Dr. Wendy’s Renovation Crews Chop Down North Blvd. Street Oaks Overnight; The Burger King Live Oak Amputation Mystery Deepens; Mysterious Oak Beheadings at the Yale and 610 Burger King
Photos: Swamplot inbox
I hope someone waters them this summer.
Now the city just needs to hire a shady contractor to saw down the Wendy’s sign at 2 AM—oops, did we need approval for that?—and we can put this whole thing behind us.
Wow, that IS a big deal. I never expected the trees to be replaced…
So…who’s going to watch them to make sure they aren’t poisoned or trimmed to death like the remaining one on Kirby? These guys are such loser jerks…
I’m all for trees, but this was not money well spent. $300,000 would have paid for 6 extra school teachers for a year or a host of other worthy projects.
I would love to know how much one of those trees goes for, so I can have one that large installed at my house!
lord, aren’t we done talking about wendy’s and those trees and matters stores already?
Hooray. And I am still never giving them my business. @htownproud: the funds were from the fine levied on the responsible party and, doubtfully, could not have been used for such stellar needs you mention– were that the case then, heck, city council would give themselves a raise with every speeding ticket.
This is the absolute worst time to plant a tree (outside of July and August). These things are going to need thousands of gallons of water this summer. Why the rush? Why not wait until the fall when they might have a chance?
For that price I hope they came with an insurance policy and watering contract!
Very happy to see that the trees are replaced with comparable ones that were mowed down!
But, I will still boycott all Wendy’s for a good while longer. My pants will greatly appreciate it.
I wanted to state that I enjoyed following the Saga of The Bandit Wendy’s and the Savaged Trees. Please keep us informed about any further development.s :D
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Great! No let’s get after those who cut down the tree in the ROW at Indiana and Shepard.
Sometimes I think everything human is alien to me.
I just caught a guy in the 1800 Block of Branard cutting down a huge oak tree in the easement. Of course there is no one to call on a Sunday since the 311 line is basically closed. I’m sure that’s why this contractor is doing it today.
You can always call the police. Tell them there is somebody vandalizing city property. Tree removal in the ROW requires a permit so if they do not have one or cannot produce one the police can stop them.