Found this on a local Buffalo-oriented blog. According to the article, these painters working on the exterior of a building, couldn’t position their scissor lift just right, so they took out a young tree. It was the size of the tree you see in the photo to the left of the scissor-lift.
They just chopped it down, as if they were in a forest of trees that they owned. In fact, it’s a busy commercial strip in a popular area of the city. And they don’t own the tree. It’s on city property. My daughter’s school is three buildings away from this building. I drive by this building every day when I drop her off and pick her up.
I’m hoping they’re fined (or imprisoned or otherwise harassed). Either the workers themselves or whoever hired them or told them to take out the tree. You just can’t chop down a tree on a sidewalk, even if you say you’re going to replace it.
To read more about it, and the comments about it, which range from outrage to laissez-faire, visit here.