Cedar tree removal?

Cedar tree removal?

This isn't a gardening question so much as a soil health issue, as I'm thinking of gardening under a cedar tree in the back yard that my parents want to remove. It's a house undergoing renovation in a city neighborhood, and the tree's actually taller than any of the houses or buildings around it. It seems like something that could be made to work with more plant life in the shade below it, but I'm not sure. The motivation could be related to the city code, but I think it's just for appearances, so I'm wondering if there's any way to save this tree from being turned into firewood. There's some other fruit trees around it that would be kind of lonely without their friend.
At my terrace…

At my terrace…

Name that spot!

Name that spot!

Total garden spammage

Total garden spammage

A Field Trip to Home Depot…

A Field Trip to Home Depot…

Oh, the conundrum….

Oh, the conundrum….

Some kind of lily.

Some kind of lily.