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.
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.