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Comments made by KatieJ

Downtown's Shade Trees May Be Replaced With Palms

I agree with all those who object to replacing perfectly good shade trees -- at a cost of $1.5 M!

There were two Washingtonia palms in our back yard when we bought the house in 1964. They were about 5 feet tall and looked like cute little pineapples. In the 1990s an owl moved into one of them and we were delighted. But by 2005 the trees were 50 feet tall, very difficult and expensive to keep trimmed, and we had a veritable plague of pigeons. And I worried every time we had a windstorm. Finally I had them taken out (they weren't worth anything, being common Washingtonias). And the pigeons disappeared!

The city has a lot of better places to use $1.5 million.

April 12, 2012 at 10:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )