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Anti-tree movement takes root in Bronx suburb.

What's not to like about a tree? Apparently plenty, if you live in one New York City neighbourhood. Some residents in the Bronx are fuming over the city's plans to plant trees on their block.

They say the roots will eventually crack the sidewalks - and they'll be stuck with the repair bills.

Opponents also fear that fully grown trees will damage their homes, clog sewer drains and entangle power lines in the borough's Mott Haven neighbourhood.

Parks officials did not comment on the residents' specific concerns, but they said careful thought goes into each tree planting.

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Elizabeth Dilts

is currently pursuing a masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dilts came to New York City from Shanghai, China, where she worked as an editor with the English-language City Weekend magazine. Prior to that, Dilts spent a year in Nanjing, China, with a bilingual, Mandarin-English magazine and a stint in Tianjin, China, with a business publication. Looking to use her Mandarin back in the United States, Dilts is covering Flushing, Queens, one of New York’s four Chinatowns. A native of Gary, Indiana., Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. While in China, she reported on Internet usage among young adults and the education issues faced by multi-ethnic children raised in China.