Cisneros – In the City of Trees, the South Side Arbor is late

San Antonio is a city of beautiful trees.

Our city is fortunate to have extensive tree coverings that provide shelter during the summer months.

The governor of New Mexico, Tunis Anna, visited San Antonio during my time as mayor, and when he got off the plane, his first words were: . ”

He flew only in the arid eastern parts of New Mexico and the dusty West Texas plains, and the final approach to our airport took the plane to the heart of our city – under a series of tree branches.

I told him that if it weren’t for our age, it might not even be here like San Antonio, a historic settlement.

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Here the ancient settlers – the Piaya Indians – used to build shelters in the shade of cotton trees, cypress and pine trees along the river, to build shelters, to cook food, to hunt almonds, and to rest from the weather. Ancient Spanish explorers and missionaries are relieved to find a river on their way north through freshwater streams and tall trees in what is now South Texas.

Indigenous people, from the days of settlements, to the days of Spanish fortifications and missions, have been identified as human settlements due to the growing city of San Antonio, sources of Balcones scripts, and ground-watering shade trees.

A city with a lot of debt for trees should really do more to appreciate them. Hundreds of cities in the United States are called public parks – arboruretes.

The National Arbor in Washington, DC, is one example. Some of the most famous are Arnold Arbor, Harvard University in Boston, and Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

They are affiliated with a number of universities, such as the University of Wisconsin Arborretum and Arizona State University Arboretum, to promote intensive horticultural education. Dallas and Houston both have well-respected arboretas. In my informal census, more than 41 arborhouses have been established in 50 states.

San Antonio has the potential to build an arbor for generations to come. When TJX decided to build the main distribution center in the south, the company bought more land for the logistics center.

Now that facility is complete and TJX is fully aware of the required land area, to donate hundreds of hectares of land along the banks of the San Antonio River to the San Antonio River Authority and the University of Texas A&M University-San Antonio and its neighboring flood plain. Surrounded by spectacular cliffs along the river, the barren landscape is rich in sulfur-rich soil and has many centuries-old heritage.

When that land is transferred to the River Authority and the University of Texas A&M-San Antonio, it is the perfect time to allocate enough farmland to develop a quality arbor for our metropolitan area. A good part of that story, near Mission Ispada, may be the place where our history can be further explored, as there are many large trees growing in the area. It can be a place for school children to learn science, for academic researchers to better understand our natural history, for gardening groups to volunteer their work, and for family groups to show respect for the beauty of our local heritage.

Located in the south, our city and Bexar County can balance recent investment in open spaces in McLean Park, Hardberger Park, Government Canyon, and other public spaces. It can be a landmark for planting trees that are native to our region, irrigating the site with natural water, and indicating the species that grow in our area. Trails, benches, and parking lots make it user-friendly and accessible. Holly and others.

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The author of Megatendans, John Nissbit, long ago, in the age of “high technology,” mankind wanted to have a “higher touch” of nature.

William Friedman, director of the Arnold Arborret, said: “It encourages people to look and enjoy the variety of creatures around us. Anyone willing to take the time to pick it up.

Since the epidemic has given us reasons to reflect on the place of nature and the cost of life itself, should we not give in to future generations to appreciate nature at all times and in all seasons? Cycles of our lives?

This is a great opportunity for taxpayers to add another vacant lot at a lower cost as the land is being provided by TJX. A small amount of county and city capital funds and federal resources can be used to provide pedestrian and vehicle access, and over time to build a fully-fledged arbor of physical structures. At the outset of this idea, I encourage the public support needed to add such assets to the inventory.

We are a community that respects our history and our heritage. In the landscape, in nature, and in other living things, we accept that, like abundant trees, they have shaped our environment and our habitat beyond our fingerprints. An arbor also allows us to reflect on the natural life that is in front of us and is part of the history and beauty of this place that we love.

Henry Cisneros is a former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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