Approval was received, and tree came down. It took a team of three guys four days to do the job, which provided hours of entertainment for the kids.
They took all the branches off first-
and then worked from the top down, cutting it section by section. Even though it was necessary, I felt a little sad to see the the huge trunk fall. However, I was also happy it fell in a controlled way and not, say, during a storm onto our house.
Don't fret too much, tree huggers--the city requires us to plant a replacement in the next 30 days.