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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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Raymond J. Keating

Raymond J. Keating is the editor and publisher of the Keating Reports, which operates the Long Island Sentinel. He is a writer, commentator and economist, who wrote a column for Newsday for more than a decade, and is now a columnist with Long Island Business News and Dolan Media Company. The views expressed by Keating are strictly his own.