photo above courtesy of Mary P.
Most of the trash accumulated in the plaza tree pits, where four cherry trees, planted by the City, tried hard to survive. The four trees died one after another, and were replaced two years ago by new, much
smaller cherry trees. All except for one of these new trees broke almost immediately, their small trunks snapped in half when people tied their dog's leash around them. Besides, they were never watered, so they never really had a chance.
At the end of last week, the City came by once again, enlarged the tree pits and planted four London Plane trees. Plane trees are very sturdy and tall, so these have a much better shot at survival. (Look down President Street along Carroll Park and you will see mature examples.)
Let us hope that Rite Aid will be a better steward to these four new trees. All they really need to become mature is some water.