By John Robert Russell
As a former resident and practitioner of Landscape Architecture, in Santa Barbara (16C West Mission Street) – 1964-1970, I continue to follow events and issues in Santa Barbara by reading Santa Barbara View and the Santa Barbara Independent, on a regular basis.
My wife and I remember, well, the marvelous canopy created by the Italian Stone Pines (Pinus pinea), along Anapamu Street. I have followed earlier articles and the strident actions, by many in the community, to ensure their protection.
Your recent article, reminds me of the many European examples, that I have seen during my travels, where various types of permeable paving were used to ensure the long term life of street trees and plaza trees. Many of these installations have been applied for countless decades. Some examples, not only, consist of permeable paving around the base of the tree, but, also, can be found as part of the sidewalk, as well as a large field in the street adjoining the tree. A broad selection of paving types and application can be found here.
Hopefully, the Historic Landmarks Commission, the City and interested citizens, can form an updated policy for preserving these special Stone Pines, as well as for replacement trees and other street trees, in Santa Barbara, that are threatened by the current drought and access to limited amounts of moisture they are able to obtain.
Important to note, it is not only water that is critically important for most trees, but, access to air, for the roots to properly mature and support tree longevity.
I will follow the Stone Pine story with considerable interest. All the Very Best,
John Robert Russell
Professor Emeritus – Landscape Architecture
Ball State University – Muncie, IN
2405 E. Boston Road