BULLDOZING 400 OAK TREES WAS A CRIME
Bulldozing 400 oak trees to build Interstate 10 changed the Claiborne Corridor forever. The hundreds of thousands of yards of concrete that became the highway instantly created a three-mile long “hot spot” in the city’s urban heat island. Heat from I-10, the “Monster,” and its cars raise the air temperature daily. And the polluted stormwater running off the deck during rain events exacerbates flooding in the neighborhood. Treme and the 7th Ward have fallen prey to the public health threats and economic stresses resulting from living in a compromised environment. Full restoration of the tree canopy and green infrastructure interventions will not only beautify the boulevard, it will improve the quality of life in Treme and the 7th Ward.
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Photo: Amy Stelly