This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The time will probably come when street trees will be a matter of public concern, and not left, as it is now, to private enterprise. As it is now, the householder feels the need of shade from the Summer's sun, and protection from wintery blasts, and he plants or not, according as he may have the money to spare, or feel such enjoyment agreeable to him. But the public have an interest as well as he. His trees shelter other people, and the foliage is no mean element in securing public health. Indeed, from our point of view, the great public is much more benefited by street trees than the property owner who plants them.
It becomes, therefore, a question whether cities should not take some share in the expense and care of shade trees, as well as the owners of propety. In our opinion all cities should have a department of public parks and gardens, the whole under one central management, and street trees to be considered as coming under their charge, as well as small open air spaces and large public parks.
At the present time too much is expected of the citizen. He has to plant the trees, care for them, guard them against all sorts of trespassers, and protect them from everybody's horses, and then after all have the trees killed by leaky gas pipes underground, which the city officials could make gas-tight as well as not.