That's what I saw from the window today. Though it is still snow and night temperatures are around zero, the city decided it was time to cut the trees.
The idea is to cut them to the 1/3 of the height, so the poplars (they are the only target, because of seed tufts, which are very allergic and annoy citizens, Ahira's summer photo of poplar "snow" is here (link)) will become seedless and very crown rich.
I do not know if they are sure about this result or the poplar 2/3 height cutting for good is the theory of some botanist, but I know that these trees saved us from sun and rain and gave the yard its silence and fresh air in heavy Moscow ecosystem.
Posted by Irina.