Walking through Milwaukee’s affluent Eastside, it is difficult to imagine that the presence of its well-maintained trees has been produced by anything but

decidedly local processes. However, it is more likely that the distribution of

these trees is influenced by, and influences, global socionatural processes

shaped through the edicts of neoliberal global capitalism. It is also likely that

the urban forests of thousands of other cities across the planet are produced

through correspondingly contradictory processes. One need travel only 20

blocks west from the Eastside to realize that Milwaukee’s ‘‘inner-city’’ con-

spicuously lacks the presence of mature and well-cared for trees. It is not their presence, but in stark contrast, their absence that provides the most

striking example of the impact of the neoliberalization of urban space on

something as seemingly obscure and mundane as the distribution of trees.