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Maintain the trees

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am

In a city with so many people, tragedies are inevitable. And every time you think you’ve heard about the worst thing that happenstance could do to someone, something worse occurs.

That’s one way to think about the death of Yingyi Li-Dikov, the Flushing woman killed last Sunday by a falling tree in Kissena Park. She was six months pregnant at the time, and her husband and family are of course devastated. It’s a tragic case of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But it also may be a case of what happens when the city neglects its basic responsibilities. Li-Dikov is not the only person to have been killed by a tree the city should have known was dangerous. Mayor Bloomberg is intent on planting a million new trees around the city, but he should be more intent on maintaining the ones we already have. We hope the next mayor will better fund the Parks Department’s forestry service in a real effort to avoid further tragedies like the one that ended the life of Yingyi Li-Dikov for no damn reason at all.

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