Slice of Life: The Tree vs. The Water Department

Mark down one near-victory for the green and leafy, as this root-bound tree in the Bucktown area works to envelop a water department manhole.  I don’t know if there’s a word for when plants get smart and try to take over the world, but it looks like a scene from a  Harry Potter film happening in slow motion.

Author: Editor

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