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Yale Street Homeowners, Businesses Unite For Yale Green Corridor Cause

The Urban Forestry Committee of the Houston Heights Association wants to make sure the trees along Yale Street in the Heights will be here for many decades to come. They’ve teamed up with residents and businesses along Yale to petition the City of Houston to designate a two-mile stretch of the roadway, which bisects the […]

Image: Edel Howlin, Houston Public MediaThe Urban Forestry Committee of the Houston Heights Association wants to make sure the trees along Yale Street in the Heights will be here for many decades to come.

They’ve teamed up with residents and businesses along Yale to petition the City of Houston to designate a two-mile stretch of the roadway, which bisects the neighborhood’s historic architecture and new construction, as the Yale Green Corridor. Five hundred trees were planted in the 1980s and nearly 200 of them were threatened in 2008 by a City of Houston proposal to widen the street. As a result of push back from locals, the city abandoned the widening project and instead resurfaced the roadway, assuring survival of a majority of the trees.

Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin sat down with Jonathan Smulian, a member of the Urban Forestry Committee of the Houston Heights Association to talk about their latest tree initiative and the history of trees on this street.

(Above: Jonathan Smulian, a member of the Urban Forestry Committee of the Houston Heights Association on Yale Street. Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media.)

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