Thursday, January 15, 2009

Winston-Salem, NC; 1/13/09

Standing solution to bare landscape Winston-Salem Journal - Winston-Salem,NC,USA It's the early morning commute, and a peaceful way to start the day as the sun peeks through feathery evergreens. On the commute home, however, you are shocked to see the same landscape bare. The trees are gone. The earth is a raw red scar. What has happened? The trees have been clear cut. This development will be easier to build without the trees getting in the way.
Is this happening in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County? You bet. The Triad ranks second of 83 metro areas in the nation in urban sprawl, according to Smart Growth America, and ahead of Raleigh and Atlanta. The examples surround us from the once tree-lined Hillcrest Golf Course on Stratford Road to the forested corner of Olivet Church Road. Winston-Salem may not be a city of beautiful rivers or towering hills, but what we lack in dramatic geography, we gain in the beauty, value and environmental benefits of our trees.

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