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Stumped on the Common

What happened to the mature trees lining the north side of Bell Road?

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To the editor,

After the McCartney and KISS concerts, there will be an all-summer effort to repair the damage to the Common just in time for winter. We have not been doing very well getting event damage repaired, have we?

Witness the two- or three-time gap in the mature trees lining the north side of Bell Road. These trees were cut down for an ill-begotten experiment with car-racing on the city's streets about 15 years ago---it is not Hurricane Juan damage.

Trees were cut down on both Cogswell Street and Bell Road and asphalt laid across the Common to allow cars to make high-speed turns. Trees were replaced on Cogswell Street, but somehow Halifax---and now HRM---have not managed to take up a bit of the asphalt and close the gap on Bell Road with some new trees. Why is this? —Alan Ruffman, Halifax, the commoners

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