I am so happy to learn that the removal of our downtown trees has been suspended pending further investigation! Thank you, City of Delta, for hearing our voices!
My concern regarding the proposed, or should I say suggested, planters is that just like the sidewalks, except even faster, strain will build and cause these planters to crack and fall apart as the roots grow. In order to have shade, a tree needs to have a root and branch span of far more than the four feet the planters will allow. We certainly don't need a city full of little trees with no more than a five-foot branch span.
I notice in other cities, and maybe even here in parts of Delta, where trees are planted and then surrounded by iron grating level with the cement of the sidewalk a good distance from the trunk. I believe this allows for the continual growth of the tree while at the same time allowing for the roots to be deeper when growing out under the cement and might be a good alternative to removing existing trees. Our present sidewalks could be cut back and gratings fitted at considerably less cost than the cutting down and removal of the existing trees. Add this to purchasing boxes, new trees and the shipping and installation of both, together with dirt and extensive annual maintenance due to their being self-contained structures.
Again, thanks to the City of Delta for rethinking this issue!