I, too, live in a section of Modesto that was developed approximately 20 years ago and have watched the fast-growing trees rack up damage ("Tree roots ruining our sidewalks," Oct. 2, Letters). In the few years I have lived in my home, I have replaced sprinklers and the water main, and watched the sidewalk edges throughout my neighborhood rise. When I heard the city was going to fix our sidewalk, which had risen at least an inch in many places, I got excited for the improvement. To my disappointment, the roots were never removed, and instead of replacing the sidewalk sections, they ground down the edges that had risen. Now the sidewalks look worse than before, are still a hazard and will continue to rise. A Band-Aid on an artery or job security?