When a Franklin resident proposed filling a once flood-damaged section of the city with trees, he had two goals, including providing downtown with a feature unique to central Indiana.
Nowhere else in the region has a forest filled with hardwood trees been located in the middle of a city, Jim Crane said.
But Crane also wanted to honor the memory of his son, who died months before the flood.
So far, about 900 trees have been planted south of downtown Franklin, where at least 50 houses once stood. In the next five years between 3,000 and 4,000 more trees are expected. Crane proposed the idea of planting the trees to city officials because he felt it was an inexpensive way to mend the land.