“Dear PoPville,

The Friends of Mitchell Park (23rd St and S St, NW) are having a photo contest to celebrate a beautiful city park. Yeah!

However, they advertised their contest by stapling(!!) advertisements to city trees all around Dupont Circle. Not only is it against DC regulations to advertise on public property or permanently affix anything to trees, it’s quite ironic and sad to see a group celebrate one public good by desecrating another.

Note that they taped, not stapled ads on the trees in their park, so they knew that stapling ads to trees is harmful.

Anytime tree bark is pierced, even by staples, it creates an entry point for disease and parasites. Our street trees have a tough enough life without a pro-park group stabbing them with ads.

I’ve removed and trashed all the tree-stapled ads I could find. I hope others will do the same.”


“Dear PoPville,

Last week on either Wednesday or Thursday, the construction crews at the Wardman Tower on Connecticut Ave chopped down a good number (I would guess 10 or so) Cherry trees from around the building, right across from the metro station. I’ve always loved this building and the beautiful, green grounds around it. I understand obviously the ground needs to be torn up for construction and everything, but the razing of so many trees on one of the city’s main thoroughfares seems like a big shame, I hope they don’t do this to the entire grounds.”


Thanks to Jack for sending:

“The driver of this Capitol Paving dump truck snagged a street tree leaning out over 19th Street in Mount Pleasant. Then, instead of getting out to find out why her truck wasn’t moving, she just stuck it into low gear and let ‘er rip. And down came the Norway Maple at the corner of 19th and Lamont.”