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Old 09-16-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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Forgive me, but here is my gripe of the day. Why are so many interstate highways, particularly in the southern United States, lined with miles and miles of trees? It creates a sort of "canyon of trees" that gets quite monotonously boring after a while...and I might add, a bit hypnotic. Why do transportation departments do this? It's so annoying. You can't see anything as you're driving along...nothing to break up the view in front of you. I'd much rather be able to look off to the side of the highway and see something...even if it's just corn fields and farm houses.

Edit: Sorry about the typo in the thread title.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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Would rather have trees than mile after mile of toxic corn fields and sub divisions which are prevalent in Ohio. Most of the South is forest and much of their economy is derived from forest related industries. Forests are also good for the environment and have a cooling effect on the stifling southern heat and humidity. You don't even see wooded fence rows much in Ohio anymore because the greedy fat arse farmers plow right up to each others property lines.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Forest is what naturally grows on undisturbed land in your climate. Trees are not cut and corn fields planted for the amusement of people driving on the roadways.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Why are mountain passes lined with miles and miles of rock? Why are desert interstates lined with miles and miles of sand and dirt? Why are heartland interstates lined with miles and miles of corn? Why are causeways lined with miles and miles of water?

It's called geography.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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Anything is better than tacky billboards!
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: in here, out there
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Yeah, stupid trees! You would think that the DOT could find something more attractive to separate highways from the land they pass thru.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Besides scenic value here is a good reason: How Planting Trees Helps the Environment
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Yeah, stupid trees! You would think that the DOT could find something more attractive to separate highways from the land they pass thru.
At an earlier time in highway history, highways were lined with abandoned automobiles, usually wrecked and rusted. Lady Bird Johnson (wife of Prez LBJ) started a program to 'beautify' america's highways.

And tho' the OP complains of highways in the south being lined with trees, it seems plenty of highways near the east coast and north of 'somewhere' are lined with berms. Frustrating as you can't see where motels and diners might be located.

In the spring, highways in Texas are lined with bluebonnets...



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Old 09-17-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Forgive me, but here is my gripe of the day. Why are so many interstate highways, particularly in the southern United States, lined with miles and miles of trees? It creates a sort of "canyon of trees" that gets quite monotonously boring after a while...and I might add, a bit hypnotic. Why do transportation departments do this? It's so annoying. You can't see anything as you're driving along...nothing to break up the view in front of you. I'd much rather be able to look off to the side of the highway and see something...even if it's just corn fields and farm houses.

Edit: Sorry about the typo in the thread title.
Boredom is the main reason that my husband and I never travel the interstates. Even without the trees they are monumentally boring!!!!

Next time you are going someplace, take a state highway or something other than an interstate and you will see lots of interesting scenery!

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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I suspect that a lot of it has to do with it being private property and the owners don't want to see the cars passing on the highway.
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