Live oaks a blessing, problem for Garden District
BATON ROUGE - The Garden District has been named as one of the top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 by the American Planning Association. The Garden District has been recognized for their neighborhoods, community and live oak trees.
APA's Great Places are an example of character and foster economic growth. The neighborhood attracts movies because of it's historical and preserved look.
"There's a great sense of community, a great sense of history, and a great feeling for the future," said Garden District resident Ray Mack. "My first impression of the Garden District was that it was absolutely beautiful."
A dense canopy of trees line the streets in the Garden District. While their beauty is award-winning, their root systems pose a problem for drivers and walkers. Roots grow under the sidewalks, breaking up concrete and causing dangerous conditions at night.
Streets like Park Blvd. have buckled from the growing roots, and the Department of Public Works said they're working around the problem.
"The trees are going to get a lot larger than they are now." said Garden District resident Willie Fontenot. "Live oaks tend to live about 400 years, those are going to be a problem down the road."