A narrow footpath but they still cut a section out and plant a (big) tree.
"But wait, two people won't be able to pass!"
So take turns.
"But wait, the trees will break the footpath."
So fix it (you can see they've recently done that here).
In Perth we would plant something "safe" here like Flowering Ash or Chinese Tallow or Bottlebrush and the resultant streetscape would be a constant reproach to our timidness.
If you want to make an omelette, you gotta break some eggs.