Molly and I were just sobbing about it. We stormed over to the management office and demanded to know why they'd slaughtered it. The person there hemmed and hawed about some dead stuff in it and liability, etc. Just trim the dead stuff out, idiots! Then she said that the seed bobbles (she called them burrs) were the reason -- people twisted their ankles on them or something. NO GOOD REASON!!!!!
And now the poor tree is dead. It was a beautiful sweetgum tree with star shaped leaves and spikey seed bobbles. When they cut it down, you could see that there was even a star in the center of the trunk. Moronic losers, not respecting living things. They already took out 47 ash trees in the complex this year. They said that we still have lots of trees. Not by our place. And that is no excuse to lose this one. The olive tree across the road that provided some shade blew down in a storm this summer. I love trees. I hate people who destroy them.