Stumps remain from two towering Oriental sweetgum trees that city crews began removing today from the sidewalk along north Kentucky Avenue downtown. Roots were infiltrating water and sewer lines and buckling sidewalks near the fronts of Mitchell’s Coffee House and Lakeland CBD Wellness. The stumps will be removed in the next two weeks, making way for the planting of young, urban-friendly trees.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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