From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg's MillionTreeNYC plan could be creating a million headaches - and almost as much in costs - for homeowners.
His plan to plant a million trees by 2017 to help New Yorkers breathe a little easier could also tear up homeowners' sidewalks and sewer pipelines.
While the city does fix sidewalks, there is a long waiting list, leaving cracked sidewalks an open invitation for people to trip and injure themselves, with lawsuits not far behind, a Daily News investigation has found.
A 2005 city tree census found 5.2 million trees. Officials identified 220,000 streets that could use more. Then they started planting.
So far, the city and the New York Restoration Project have planted 303,000 trees, with a total budget of just under $125 million.
The city has spent $14 million since 2005 to fix 6,624 sidewalks torn up by tree roots, according to the city Parks Department.
Foresters evaluate each problem, and depending on their rating, a homeowner can wait more than a year to have the work done, said City Councilman James Vacca (D-East Bronx).
The devastation tree roots can have on sewer pipes is another problem.
Now compare the above referenced article to this one by another News reporter that reads like a Parks Dept press release. Heh.
I think a bigger concern is the money thrown down the toilet by the Parks Dept by planting trees in bad places which leads to their demise, street trees cut down by developers and killed by homeowners, and trees on private property that have been destroyed for purposes of greed. A million more trees won't do much good if we lose a million-and-a-half trees that are already growing. (cough..cough..Ridgewood Reservoir..cough..cough)
Where's the article about that?