Originally Posted by worldlyhaligonian
I just view Halifax as a small east coast US city with a splash of european. The east coast style is generally not evergreen.
I agree there is an American east coast trend to neglect coniferous trees in urban forests in favour of more tropical-looking trees. What is becoming more common along this American coast, however, is urban treelessness. The cities are not budgeting to provide adequate care for urban vegetation, nor are they prepared for the northern migration of southern insect infestations; as well, American cities are much slower to respond to hurricane torn habitats with replanting -- even inside city borders.
I don't think either trend is something to which Halifax should aspire. I prefer the 'natural' look. I prefer functionality, as we largely rely on trees for carbon storage.
I value, and greatly miss, the older trees of Point Pleasant Park and McNabs Island. Growing trees does take time, unfortunately, which is something we haven't.