Tryon and Trade - Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC Trees In Suspended Pavement Look Great 25 Years Later

In 1985 Charlotte, NC City Arborist Don McSween conceived of a major renovation project along 10 blocks of Tryon Street and two blocks of Trade Street, two of the major thoroughfares in downtown Charlotte.   McSween wanted each new tree to have 1,000 cubic feet (28 cubic meters) of good, usable soil. In order to… More

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Fourth Week of April is National Streetscaping Week

National what-scaping week, you ask? The American Society of Landscape Architects is reporting that Congressman Steve Cohen (TN) has introduced H.Con.Res. 240, a resolution designating the fourth week of April as National Streetscaping Week. ASLA collaborated with Congressman Cohen to draft this measure, which seeks to recognize “the benefits of streetscaping to homes, businesses, and communities across… More

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Vandergrift, PA Silva Cell Streetscape Installation

Vandergrift, PA, a small town in the borough of Westmoreland County about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, is the subject of a dandy article about a Silva Cell streetscape installation currently underway in the Valley News Dispatch. The Vandergrift commercial district had lacked a stormwater management system, meaning that streets flooded easily even during small rain events…. More

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Nifty Visualization Shows Better Streets — With Trees!

This nifty little article from Grist showcases the efforts of Berkeley-based digital artist Steve Price, whose work powerfully demonstrates the dramatic improvements large, healthy trees make to your average desolate streetscape. Grist reports that Price’s firm, Urban Architecture, “builds ‘photo-realistic visualizations’… for developers, design firms, and local governemnts seeking approval for their ideas.” What a… More

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FAQs: Silva Cells & Tree Stability

A few weeks ago we tackled Frequently Asked Questions about how the Silva Cell manages stormwater on-site. This week we’ll examine questions about how tree stability is affected by the use of the Silva Cell.1) The proposed trees on my plans will be rooted to a depth of 900 mm of macropore rich soil within the Silva Cells…. More

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Amateur Arborists, Behold: iPhone “Trees Near You” App

Good blog reported yesterday on a very neat iPhone application called “Trees Near You.” “Trees Near You,” created by Brett Camper, allows you to identify and learn more about the half a million or so trees in New York City as you walk around. The app covers all city blocks and all five boroughs, and… More

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