I was hoping to write something of more substance today, but didn't manage it, for various reasons. This photo might provide some diversion in the mean time.
It isn't every day the world offers up a genuine sight gag, free for the taking.
This was on Ferst Drive, on the campus of Georgia Tech in midtown Atlanta. As it happens, I messed up in taking the picture: when I took this, the tree marked for removal (with a large orange 'X') is still standing, just to the left of the frame.
At first glance, it just looks as though someone missed. (Hey, give 'em a break! At least what they are removing was made of wood!) But, on reflection, there's something more deeply odd about this.
Clearly, whoever is carrying out this removal is required to post public notice that a tree removal permit has been secured from the City of Atlanta. There seems to be no such requirement for posting notice of a permit to demolish a house, however.
A colleague jogged by just as I was taking this picture, and he also commented on the oddness of the scene: it seems to indicate the relative power of Atlanta's tree ordinance.