Paving Paradise

What with VBS and a visit from the twinsies, I’ve been a little distracted lately.

Then PB kidnapped me and we gallavanted all over southern Wisconsin for a few days.

This morning I took our dog, Bo, for a walk around the block.

The landscape had changed.  We were shocked to see this:


And this:


And this and this and this:


Bo and I couldn’t believe our eyes.


I kept saying, “What happened here?”


And here?


Did a tornado rip through this one block?


Did a disease devastate these old shade trees?


Bo didn’t have any answers.

But the little flags and skinny sticks did.

It seems we’re paving paradise with sidewalks.

On a dead-end street.

Are these beauties next?  It seems so.


Is our street also on the chopping block?


Lord, have mercy.

“They took all the trees and put ’em in a tree museum.

And they charge the people a dollar and a half to see ’em.

Don’t it always seem to go,

That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

They paved paradise and put up a…..”*


*Big Yellow Taxi lyrics

3 thoughts on “Paving Paradise

  1. I noticed this all over town also, and yes the homeowners pay the bill, we had to when they redid our road, and its not cheap, the sidewalk is great I guess, but the trees are better.

  2. Yes, this is just a crime! So many streets don’t have sidewalks and they also don’t have the beautiful trees. Why start on this beautiful street if at all!

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