Birmingham: A Community that Speaks for the Trees

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As you travel around Birmingham, you might notice signs that bill it as “Tree City USA.” The city was given the designation because of its sprawling urban forest. The term refers to the tree-top landscape seen in some major cities, especially ones in the South. At issue is how to balance the vitality and existence of Birmingham’s trees with the city’s planned renaissance and expansion. Hear more about this from Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper Weld.

Nick Patterson

Nick Patterson is the editor for WELD for Birmingham, a weekly newspaper covering news and politics, arts and culture and community engagement in the Magic City. Patterson joins WBHM each Thursday during All Things Considered to discuss WELD's top stories.

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