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What happened to the canopy of oaks over the 2000 block of Perry Avenue?

The canopy of oaks that once shaded the 2000 block of Perry Avenue has largely disappeared. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

The canopy of oaks that once shaded the 2000 block of Perry Avenue has largely disappeared. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

Q. The 2000 block of Perry Avenue used to have a canopy of oaks providing shade and beauty. Sadly, most have been removed and I was just wondering why. I lived on that block until July 1960, when family transferred to Jacksonville, Fla., with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. (The questioner added later that the trees were there into the 2000s.)

A. Older trees may be removed if they are unhealthy and deemed to be a public hazard, according to Dylan Lee, GTV manager for the city of Wilmington.

“This has occurred with many old, large trees in the historic sections of town, such as the area around Perry Avenue,” he said. “To keep the urban canopy healthy and to replace the dying trees that must be removed, the city plants new trees along city streets and in parks. Many residents have asked for smaller trees to be planted because oak trees are not the correct tree to plant under power lines or in narrow planting locations.”

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