The Oct. 3 "What's up with that?" feature in The Columbian — "Even beloved trees can be in the wrong place" regarding tree removal — was very interesting. I don't think the preservation ordinance was meant to protect sidewalks and not human health.
Should one person, as in the city of Vancouver's urban forester, be able to dictate which trees can be replaced? The trees in issue are London plane (hybrid sycamore), which are affecting allergies, and keeping residents inside and windows closed. Being deprived the use of patios because of these trees is unacceptable.