Reader view: Nature’s air conditioning

This space between my house and the sidewalk is only about 20 feet wide. When it hit 80 degrees outside yesterday, a nice cool breeze blew thru the open windows.  It’s 10 degrees cooler under these trees surrounding the house. Nature’s air conditioning. Take a walk under the trees in Yost Park and experience it for yourself.

It will be interesting to see what the City of Edmonds allows the developer in terms of space for nature’s air conditioning on this recently clear-cut lot on Paradise Lane. The sign says 12 residential units. Less canopy, more heat. We are an ever-warming planet.

— Chris Walton

  1. That will be an oven. I do not understand why they can’t build and leave trees in these yards at the same time?? Half the time they bring in the walls roofs etc already put together and ready to put it together and place on slab or ?? For instance every patio could have a tree a tall tree and the concrete poured around it. My father did this. We used a white birch it was unique and beautiful. It is still there 60 years later. Use your imagination and you won’t end up with concrete jungles.

  2. When I had a ranch, we had about 100 acres of trees. In 1980 we built a barn, placing it so that existing trees didn’t have to be cut down. (One had to lose a large branch that interfered with the roof!) I do not understand why, with all the machinery they have, the same can’t be done that we were able to do working only by hand, with only a jeep to move materials around.

    Pure waste – and re-planting, which will at best only replace a fraction of the trees, will require far more water than established trees, and possibly introduce non-native varieties. Shame on these builders! And what a barren, hot, unlovely place it will be, with no trees or shade.

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