Island Voices: Seeing the forest for the trees in urban planning

  Times Colonist 

Efforts to build urban housing, bike and bus lanes, and sewage systems have been loudly criticized for displacing trees. Such criticisms follow a common formula: 1. [Developers, planners, city engineers, the mayor] are ruining our city by cutting down beloved trees to build an unnecessary [building, bike path, sewage line]. 2. Urban trees are essential for [air quality, sequestering carbon, mental

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