Sure, the tree looks harmless. Until you see what it’s hiding:
Really, who was the genius that decided to put a tree directly in front of the 1/1R bus stop sign on Broadway at 14th? It is easily one of the busiest stops on the 1 line and probably one of the busiest stops in the entire AC Transit system.
Nearly once a week, I see someone wandering around the area, clearly looking for the bus stop, and I have to show them where it is. Besides that, the tree makes where to wait confusing. Sometimes the bus pulls up all the way to the bus stop, and it other times it stops in front of the tree. That isn’t a big deal for someone like me who can get around easily, but it makes it more difficult for elderly and disabled passengers to board the bus.
I like trees as much as anyone else, but I think it’s time to admit that trees are not appropriate everywhere. This is clearly a place where the tree does more detriment than its asthetic and environmental appeal is worth. Somehow though, I’m guessing in Oakland it would be an uphill battle to get this tree removed.