Downtown Mall Trees

The City of Charlottesville commissioned James Urban and Keith Pitchford to develop an assessment of trees on the Downtown Mall. These trees, many of which are now mature willow oaks, were planted in 1976 as part of Lawrence Halprin’s design for the new Downtown Mall. As the trees have grown, some have grown too close together and challenges have arisen with regard to proper maintenance and assuring the long-term survival of the trees, as well as remaining true to the historic design. The Downtown Mall Tree Assessment Report addresses these challenges and the City is proactively planning to manage the Mall trees in the coming years by developing specific recommendations for each group of trees.