Letter to the Editor

Councilor Flynn Opposes Removal of Bowdoin Street Locust Trees

To the Editor,

I’m writing to oppose the request to remove six honey locust trees located at 11-45 Bowdoin St. in Beacon Hill.

I have heard from residents in the area who are concerned about the removal of these trees, as they treasure these trees, and believe that this will negatively impact their quality of life in the neighborhood. Trees not only beautify our landscape, but they also provide filters for pollutants, absorb excess stormwater runoff, provide shades during hot summers, and other environmental benefits.

Residents care about the trees in their neighborhoods, but many are concerned about how the current community process for tree removals is not vigorous enough, since residents often didn’t know about the public hearing for tree removals. The residents near 11-45 Bowdoin St. were surprised to find out that six trees are being considered for removal due to a water-main replacement project, which had already been going on for months. They believe that these trees are part of the neighborhood’s fabric, and are opposed to their removal.

As the District 2 City Councilor representing the area, our urban tree canopy is important to me, and I would like to oppose the removal of these trees as well.

Thank you for your consideration.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 617-635-3203, or at [email protected]

City Councilor Ed Flynn

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