Marie, you are certainly a pro when it comes to gardening, your credentials prove it! I appreciate your article and opinions. I planted 4 Bradfords and when I learned of it's negative review from DGers I was sure to rip them out!!!!!! DG saved me years of heartache in tending such a weak and invasive tree.
Hoping your article will educate someone else who may not have considered the negatives when tree hunting. Pretty or not, all trees are not created equal.
Bradford Pears aren't really a problem in New Mexico probably due to our dry climate, but I gather they are awful in the wetter parts of the country. But we have our scourges, too -- expecially Siberian (much worse than Chinese) elm, Salt Cedar, and Russian Olive to name a few.
Still, I would much rather plant a fruiting pear than a Bradford. Fruiting pears are almost as beautiful in blossom, produce fruit, and live a very long time.