Even though I don't recall trees being in front of the Henry Smith Building at 13 Wadsworth Street, I can't imagine that there were not tree beds there at some point. Much of the sidewalk in front of the building was just replaced, which left an incredible opportunity to plant trees along the street.
If we are ever to be the City of Trees again, then we should implement a Complete Trees program, similar to the Complete Streets initiative (or at least the way the initiative is intended to work). I would think that the residents living in the Henry Smith Building, many of whom are refugees, would have liked to see some tree beds filled with trees outside of their building, especially considering that there is no shade at all.
Every chance we get, we should be looking at restoring the lost trees and the tree beds in this city. This is such an important quality of life enhancement. Not only is it a 'green' goal, it is also an aesthetic consideration. This circa 1890 building deserves to be located on a tree-lined street, and Allentown residents should not have to be satisfied with a long stretch of sidewalk that looks cold and barren and devoid of life in the middle of the summer.