“Tree Ordinance Could Be Revisited” By Maggie Lee

Eco advocates worry about Atlanta’s trademark canopy as development booms

Photograph by Creative Loafing
LORAX BLUES: Greg Levine, Trees Atlanta’s co-executive director, stands on a Reynoldstown lot that will soon be developed. Photograph by Creative Loafing

Greg Levine, co-executive director of Trees Atlanta says it will be a while before some recent survey data will be ready to read, but his group’s intuition is that the tree canopy, one of Atlanta’s identifying characteristics, is shrinking as the real estate market picks up. If nothing else, he says, Trees Atlanta is getting more calls from people angry about tree removals.

“We need to start thinking about how we do things differently,” Levine says. “It’s good that people are fighting for individual greenspaces, but we really need to look at the city as a whole.”