Totally big thing I learned, by looking at things and with my own eyes and brains: Cities in Western Mass. that were developed "back in the day", industrial cities, built power lines BEHIND houses, in what we call alleys. God bless them - nobody in those areas lost power - because, in some wisdom, the old people put the power lines behind the buildings and planted trees in front of them.
It is common sense to put the power lines elsewhere and ensure a beautiful tree lined street. That's why I live on Maple St. - it's named after the trees.
I live in a town that became more industrial, so the initial grid, if there was one, is strange. Losing power for six days was strange - losing autumn as well, as the storm sort of stopped the trees doing their tree thing.
My building is the only tenement building in a very lovely neighborhood. Our power lines weave through the trees until the power company cuts back the trees - which is not attractive and also kills trees. My building used to house workers who did regular jobs at factories - and I would like to think they had a similar view as mine of trees, because I love this place.
It's not exactly off the charts of intelligence to see that: an industrial city like Holyoke had power Not because of magic, but because the power lines were gridded in back of the houses so people could enjoy tree lined streets.
Who are we, really, when we don't see that beautiful and practical vision - run the power in the back and enjoy a big tree.
We lose, and every crack of a tree falling was another nail in the coffin I am building for our idiocy.
It is not the fault of the trees - we fucked up. Our ancestors knew better. Look at any beautiful New England town - there's always a green where everyone put their livestock - it's called a common.
We need to understand and use our commons, and love our trees who are way older, and were planted on purpose.