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The Boulevard Project website says they are live oaks, nearly 1000 of them for the entire project.  They are farm grown and were probably trained to be straighter than would normally be the case if nature took her course.  Looking at where they're planted in the median, I'd guess that the greater strength and depth of the surrounding street paving will probably work to keep the roots down.

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1 hour ago, Triton said:

Are these the type of oak trees that tear up sidewalks with their roots over time?

 

If they aren't planted correctly, then yes. The problem of trees uplifting sidewalks happens when people plant the tree nearly at grade with the sidewalk. To prevent this one has to bury the tree at least a few feet below grade. Its actually both beneficial for the tree (as it can funnel more water and grow better), and for the sidewalk. I walked the area near the mall, and it seems like they did exactly the way one is suppose to plant a tree in an urban setting.

 

EDIT: Also planting a tree further below grade allows the roots to grow unimpeded. It makes for a stronger root system and for a stronger tree.

EDIT 2: If you want to see another example of this done right, then go walk around the major thoroughfares in Upper Kirby. This is district that has done street redesigns right.

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really hope those oaks find enough water / the sidewalk doesn't get destroyed by their roots....

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On 2/10/2019 at 8:12 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

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This is looking great. The sidewalks are nice and wide.

 

I like the way they've staggered the trees right, left, right...that's gonna make a nice shady walk as they mature.

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