East Fourth Street Looking Bare, Stumpy

Residents Are Still Shocked The Trees Are Gone

A large section of East 4th Street is looking very different after dozens of trees were chopped down to make way for a 2016 street reconstruction project by St. Louis County.

A trip down 4th Street Sunday revealed a wide-open landscape, with the exception of the stumps that have yet to be removed. 

The removal of the trees, some of which were more than 70 years old, has not only changed the appearance of the street, but also left residents feeling differently about their neighborhood.

Myrna Matheson has lived on 4th Street for more than 50 years and said she doesn’t like walking outside of her home since the trees have been removed.

She added that their absence leaves her feeling vulnerable and unprotected when she goes outside.

The County has pledged to replant trees after the road work is done, but Matheson doesn’t expect that to be done any time soon.

Matheson said the neighborhood has been waiting more than 30 years for the replanting of trees killed by Dutch Elm disease. 

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