“It may be time to replace the trees — they’re Bradford Pears — and put in a better tree with a more transparent canopy and different space. It still provides us with a very nice, valuable treescape, but works a lot better with visibility, safety and maintenance.”
–Frank Dittenhafer, an architect with the York firm Murphy & Dittenhafer, on a proposal to refresh the trees in the first block of West Market Street to increase the visibility for the historic facades that line the street.
Bradford Pear trees are notoriously brittle, and city crews were forced to remove several downtown earlier this spring after the were damaged in an October storm. But the trees, which were likely planted in the 1970s, have also been considered a beautiful asset to downtown York.
Other suggestions in Dittenhafer’s study include focusing on marketing the largest commercial properties on the block, increasing the number of residential units in the upper floors of buildings and adding back-in, angled parking.