Unlicensed Work On Oaxaca's Old Trees
Published on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 16:20
By Oaxaca Times Staff
The Escaleras del Fortin are lined with rows of trees that have been growing and shading the walkway since the tenure of Mexico's President Porfirio Diaz. In recent weeks, local residents have independently begun to perform unlicensed work on several of these public trees, removing branches and otherwise disfiguring them.
Although this hazard has been reported to Oaxaca's authorities, no action has been taken to mitigate the risk of personal or property damage. The result has been a potentially dangerous situation in which residents may be injured, as well as a precedent in which public space may be manipulated at the whims of several citizens.
In addition, this work has become a distraction and an obstacle to business for those who keep an office in the area.
It is our wish that the proper authorities are able to address this issue as soon as possible, to give this matter the attention it deserves and to finally put it to rest.
Left unattended, this tree remains a safety risk and an obstruction to business. Furthermore, as long as the unlicensed work on the trees is ignored, the city's authorities are permitting some residents to impose their will on the many.