I know perhaps there are bigger things to complain about or question in Taipei. However, I’ll go forward with my petty gripe.
Can someone please explain why the trees that grow on some of the main streets (Xin Yi, Ren Ai, Tun Hua, and so on) are so mercilessly scalped when they get trimmed.
I’ll admit: I’ve never worked in forestry or the tree trimming business. Is this common–to cut down so much of the trees’ branches?
A co-worker told me that on XinYi and XinSheng this might have been done because of future constuction work for the MRT line coming through that way.
But generally speaking, many times I’ve seen beautiful tall trees reduced to trunks with a few forlorn branches teetering in the wind. What gives?
I also remember that someone was fined for illegally cutting down (or trimming) “old trees” in a neighborhood near DaAn Park.
And finally, to complete this rant, what is the deal with the trees in DaAn Park? Since 1995, I’ve seen trees (or saplings) propped up with stakes and posts. Shouldn’t those trees be able to stand by themselves now. I understand that DaAn is a new park (ten years old or so, right?). But shouldn’t those trees be standing on their own by now? And don’t even get me started with all the planting and replanting of flowers and shrubs done there. I know it’s great to keep the park workers busy, but may I humbly suggest that they just let the plants and trees in the park grow.