Sugar Maple @ 57 East Pleasant Street
So this big old sugar maple is no doubt kindling in the making even though the Amherst Shade Tree Committee voted to save it.
It stands in the way of both a town approved 5-story mixed use development by local developers Archipelago Investments, and in the kill zone for a proposed roundabout at the Triangle Street/ East Pleasant Street intersection.
Since the tree is not yet looking splendid in full bloom, probably not much of a public backlash will ensue. And the developers have proposed planting 11 trees along Triangle and East Pleasant streets.
More controversial however will be the other rumored mega-development a hundred yards or so south of the intersection, where the same developers are warming up the bulldozers to demolish the Carriage Shops.
Rear of the Carriage Shops facing historic West Cemetery
Because the rear of the doomed building faces and abuts historic West Cemetery (Emily Dickinson's final resting place), artist David Fichter painted a colorful lengthy mural, displaying iconic images from Amherst's past.
The $35,000 project was paid for with private money and completed in 2005.
But the local businesses who funded the endeavor probably thought they were going to get more than 10 years out of the project.
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