Tree care on sidewalk cafe menu
Division Street fences have fallen into disrepair or been removed illegally. Sidewalk cafes are already in the works for Division Street. They could open as soon as the first weekend in March. But there's no clear path to preserving trees that lend the cafes their leafy look, or maintaining the iron fences that help trees thrive. Business owners met with city administrators and 1st Ward Ald. Proco Joe Moreno on Jan. 26 to review the rules on sidewalk cafes . Permits require approval from the City Council, which won't meet in February. City foresters and the local service district both plan to replace dead trees. Commissioner David Ginople, who owns Store B at 1472 N. Milwaukee, says 16 or 18 trees are dead. He wants to replace them in a three-year streetscape project with limited funds. The district pays for tree care on Division, and he says landscaping lends the street its vibrancy.