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That Grates!

Responding in part to residents' complaints, the city plans to seal over more than two dozen pits along the sidewalks of Avenue de Lafayette in Chinatown and Downtown Crossing. Why were the pits there in the first place? "Starting in summer 2010, the [Parks Department] began taking out trees on Avenue de Lafayette that were dead or whose roots had erupted through the sidewalk and sidewalk grates." And here we thought street trees were all good. [Globe]