Tree Massacre at National City Tower
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Today and yesterday at the National City Tower (soon to be the PNC II?), crews massacred the many bradford pear trees one by one in the NCT Plaza on the corner of Market Street and Fifth Street. One tree was damaged earlier in the windstorm and was removed, but we thought it was only a matter of time before a scrawny replacement found its way back to the plaza. Nope. Now, every last mature tree is gone.

Tree Massacre at National City Tower
But hey, that Christmas Tree sure stands out now. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

After we stopped by to take a look at the bloodbath in progress this morning, we were told that a slew of new, tiny trees has been planted in place of the old trees. These new trees are saplings and won’t provide summer shade in the plaza for five or ten years. The plaza is simple, but we enjoyed its dense foliage and was generally well-populated during business hours in the warm months. The mature trees formed a sort of continuous ceiling over the plaza that’s hard to find in Louisville.

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Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. this *was* one of my favorite downtown louisville spaces. we’ll see how it is this summer. likely to be sunny/hot.

    also, this was a primary source of that wonderful downtown soapy-smelling snowstorm of petals that we got every march.

    bummer.

    cynical prediction: next they’ll decide to develop it into something else because people aren’t using it anymore – too hot for a nice summer lunch!

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