Views of demolition of two single-family homes at 1121
S. Duncan Avenue in Fayetteville, Arkansas make way for a proposed apartment complex of 48 units with 80 bedrooms and 96 parking spaces on federally designated wetland that, if the Corps of Engineers agrees, will mostly be paved over.


"I wondered how all the weight and questionable material 'dozed from the houses (along with hazards accompanying abandoned appliances, high levels of lead paint, etc.) could be piled up around a tree's trunk and the tree to be all right after the ordeal.

"Then I discovered what was coming down, literally.

"The tree went down with the rest of the rubble, as so much trash to be cleared.

"The applicances and water heaters destroyed in the houses were in good working order and could have been removed and donated to a charitable organization for resale."


"We can only surmise the fate of these trees. . .

"The concrete has sat since the beginning of November '02 on the base root system.

"Trees that line the street were once considered an asset to a neighborhood. Now, inconvenienced builders and utility-service personnel have apparent free rein when it comes to such community assets and habitation."

—Lauren Hawkins


Photos by Aubrey Shepherd, 11/02

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