Park Street trees

Heather Rider learned of the city’s plans to initiate a streetscape project on Park Street the week before it began, in the form of a flyer than was handed to her and other Park Street business owners. The flyer listed all the things that were to be added by the project – parking kiosks, bike racks – but said nothing about the city’s plans to cut down a block’s worth of trees, said Rider, who owns Monkey Bars, a children’s clothing store on Park.

“I feel like, had we known – it just takes a couple of people to say, ‘This is not a good idea,’” said Rider, who emerged as a vocal opponent of the city’s decision to remove the trees.