Most homes in crowded Mexico City do not have anything like the front yards that we are used to in the U.S. Houses usually face directly on the street. Along the sidewalks there are unpaved squares where homeowners plant flowering shrubs or trees. The trees, especially the small laurel trees, are often pruned into geometric shapes, or sometimes the shapes of animals or even, as you see in the photo below, the shape of a house.
However, last week I saw something that had me scratching my head. I passed this small tree while walking down Luz Saviñón Street. Like many, it had been trimmed into a globular shape.
However, on the fence around it, a sign from the city government had been posted.
“No podes los árboles de la vía pública” – Don’t trim the trees along the public way.
This tree has been reported, and the sign says, “Any person found pruning this tree will be reported to the authorites.”
What? I have seen thousands upon thousands of trees in Mexico City that have been trimmed into all sorts of shapes, but this is the first time I have ever seen a sign saying that the pruning of trees is prohibited. Why is this homeowner being picked on???