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"Everybody Loves Trees": Policing American Cities Through Street Trees, Irus Braverman Jan 2008

"Everybody Loves Trees": Policing American Cities Through Street Trees, Irus Braverman

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Recently, municipalities have been investing large sums of money as well as much bureaucratic and professional effort into making their cities not only a more "treefull" place, but also a place that surveys, measures, regulates, and manages its trees. This article explores the transformation of the utilitarian discourse on trees, which focuses on the benefits of trees and greenery, into a normative discourse whereby trees are not only considered good but are also represented as if they are or should be loved by everybody. This transformation is not only the result of top-down governmental policies. It is also a consequence …