Return to Elm Street

June 2, 2007

So I’m giving away my age.  Anyone under 35 wouldn’t remember the beautiful elm lined streets of America.  The transformation of cityscapes at the hand of Dutch Elm Disease, as the picture above shows, was drastic.  But now, the American elm is making a comeback. I planted one in 2002 and it is now nearly 25 feet high.  For anyone interested, I bought mine here.


2 Responses to “Return to Elm Street”

  1. QuakerJono Says:

    One of the initial selling points of Kansas City were the scenic boulevards that spanned the city. Tree-lined roads on manicured lawns gave drivers crossing town a chance to enjoy both art and nature. There were other trees on these boulevards, certainly, but I remember some of them before Dutch Elm disease and it is sad to see the change.

  2. John in IL Says:

    The most striking thing, I thought, from the article is that elms are replacing trees (now struggling with similar problems)that were planted to replace the elms. Time marches on.

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