Put down your signs, brothers and sisters! I like a good protest as much as the next fellow, but I have no use for Bradford pears - never did. When they started popping up in towns all over the country, mid-80s - mid-90s, I thought it was cookie-cutter kind of bad idea. They look nice when they are flowering, but that's only a couple of weeks-a-year. The rest of the year, they are just blah, often severely cut-back, like ours, and not offering that much shade. Some people are highly allergic to their pollen. My dislike for them was formed even before I heard they are considered to be an invasive species.
The village should remove them - never should
have planted them in the first place. I was really surprised to find them
in Yellow Springs the first time I visited. I thought folks here had a stronger sense of individuality
and originality. I don't know what council was thinking when they chose this tree for our downtown. I find it hard to believe the Tree Committee would have put their stamp of approval on such a plan. They are a junk tree.
This is not to say that I agree with everything council is considering for downtown YS. If there is a good reason to replace the street lights, and we can afford to do so, go for it! But if the plan is to make Xenia Avenue look like every other cutesy-wootsey Main St. in small town America with some kind of faux antique fixtures, forget it! That would be the same kind of cookie-cutter bad idea that brought us the Bradford pears in the first place. Now that would be worth protesting.