ATLANTA -- It was landscape work Lora Martin simply had to see for herself: a diseased hardwood on Monroe Drive in Midtown Atlanta being taken down.
She had to see it because of all she couldn't see, as long as the tree was around.
"That's going to make all the difference in the world," she said as she watched tree branches fall. "I'm really impressed."
She's impressed that someone listened when she raised her voice about the safety of pedestrians crossing Monroe Drive. Before she spoke up, the tree was doing a wonderful job of obscuring safety.
The city of Atlanta placed an impressive crosswalk signal at the brand new pedestrian entrance to Piedmont Park. It came with signs and flashing lights to stop traffic, but drivers didn't seem to be paying much attention.
That tree was a big part of the problem. The lights and signs were hidden behind a branch.