Museum Square petrified forest

The Museum Square apartments (401 K Street NW) has EIGHT consecutive dead trees running along it’s K Street frontage. Unless you live at Museum Square or regularly walk the interior sidewalk it may not have been apparent the quantity of dead trees as another row of healthy trees runs along K Street.

The aerial from Google maps was taken in summer 2008 so these trees have been dead over 12 months. Presumably this many consecutive dead trees is related to a disease of some kind. Do anyone of you know what kind of trees these are? Elms?

Through my inquiry on Monday I learned that the MVT CID is trying to work with Urban Forestry on the tree removal. However we will not see replacement trees planted until the K Street streetscaping occurs (possibly 2010).

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    IMGoph says

    i went by there every morning for a few weeks while on jury duty, and i noticed the trees too. i think they're the same as the trees on the second row (set back from the street trees) along the k street frontage of city vista. they look to be either sycamore or london plane trees.

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    Anonymous says

    Anyone know whether the Museum Square Apartments is going to exit the HUD affordability program when their contract with HUD expires in October 2009?

  3. 5

    Anonymous says

    I thought Museum Square was supposed to do that last October but then renewed their contract. Not sure for how long though . . . was it only one year?

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    fourthandeye says

    Urban Forestry has confirmed that the trees are not diseased. They instead believe the trees did not get enough water because the concrete pavers go up to the very edge of their trunks.