Residents of the Historic District of Whately love their community’s beautiful street trees, historic character, and open vistas. However, the sugar maples lining the main thoroughfare are in declining health as temperatures rise, and increased runoff from the district’s cracked sidewalks threatens the health of critical aquatic habitats. A master plan by Warren Lee and Susan Schen recommends site-specific tree care, stormwater catch basins, and traffic-calming measures to help to make the town more vibrant and walkable while maintaining its historic character.


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