In the 4200 block of Washington Avenue in Charleston's Kanawha City neighborhood, about a dozen pin oak trees tower above the street, shading homes along the road and creating a living tunnel over the street itself.
But after one of the trees collapsed during a storm early in July and fell on a home, questions were raised about the stability of the trees as well as other older trees throughout Kanawha City.
"It's like a big tree cathedral," said Kanawha County Extension Agent John Porter at Tuesday's Municipal Beautification Commission meeting.
The commission visited the area during its meeting as city workers trimmed one of the trees near the one that collapsed.
Charles Denham, a commission member who lives in Kanawha City, said the trees were planted in the 1910s and 1920s, and some people bought their homes in the neighborhood in part due to the presence of the trees.
"The majority of people in Kanawha City really like the trees," Denham said.
However, as the trees grow older, some are starting to show signs of aging, like hollowing.
City Public Grounds Director Harley Goodwin Jr. said the city is maintaining the trees but has removed a few that have shown signs of weakness. He said the city regularly checks on the trees to make sure they remain structurally sound.
"I've got a lot of people concerned," he said.
But as the trees reach the end of their lives and die, younger trees are replanted in their place. Denham said red oak, maple and elm trees are examples of species that have been planted.
"I would hate for Kanawha City to look like other parts of the city without trees," he said.