This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As you are well aware, much has been said and written about shade trees, both for and against them.
I believe it is well understood that even the most handsome and rare trees would be out of place in a, city or town where it is densely settled, but still there is occasionally a small square or triangle occurring where a tree or two would be a great relief to the eye in the midst of so much brick and mortar. And when nearing the suburbs of a city, what is more enlivening and attractive than to see the sides of the streets lined with handsome trees, say about fifty or sixty feet apart, or what can please the eye of the traveller better than the different shades of green in the family of maples, not saying anything of their rich autumn tints, and, where a variety of sorts is wanted, the elm of different kinds, tulip tree, etc, and many others that might be named. Many are averse to seeing trees anywhere but in an orchard or a forest. All such have never studied the beauties of nature. Still I would say with the old Scotch laird: "Aye keep plantin' a tree, Jock, it will be growin' whan ye're sleepin'."
There is a good illustration given of the value of shade trees in cities, in the wide-spread conflagrations which have taken place frequently in Virginia City, Nevada; they have often been averted solely through the agency of shade trees, in preventing the burning embers from flying through the air, and thereby preventing distant buildings from taking fire. They also break the force of the wind, so that, by taking advantage of* any open space as above stated, a community which acts on these suggestions not only ministers to the refinement of taste, but promotes a love for the beautiful, and the blessing of the traveller is sure to descend on him.