How will the city of Minneapolis protect our canopy by cutting it down?

In order to “protect” our canopy of trees from the emerald ash borer, the city of Minneapolis intends to “replace” the boulevard ash trees… some very old healthy trees with no sign of disease rather than treat. How do we protect our canopy by cutting it down? Each property owner can request this “replacement” or pay for treatment.

Why not plant new trees within a reasonable distance under the shade of these beautiful trees? They will grow better, will need less water and have a better chance at maturing. Some old healthier ash trees may live a long time yet and continue to provide our city with a beautiful, cooling canopy.