I am curious about the order of operations on this one. Did they cut down the tree before slapping in some asphalt? Or, did they apply the asphalt, condemning the tree to a slow death? Why leave the stump if you’re paving over it? Doesn’t applying asphalt make stump removal a lot more challenging? Is this some conflict between the streets and parks departments? Is it a sinister reminder of humankind’s fleeting dominance over nature? Welcome to the big city.
Post title: “The objective was order, an inherently ambiguous term but a condition that people in a given community recognized when they saw it.” – Broken Windows [PDF]