Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lack of shade due to tree felling brings heat to city council meeting; Pasadena, CA; 2/10/09

Larry Wilson: Standing tall on tree issue Pasadena Star-News - Pasadena,CA,USA
There were some certainly practical arguments at the council meeting from Playhouse District businesses about roots invading pipes and buckling sidewalks. There were impassioned, oxygenated pleas from acknowledged tree-huggers. It was hard to say which side would carry the day. But at the end came a calm, expert opinion from local architect Chris Peck, a Design Commission and Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, nothing like a fanatic on the side of commerce or of foliage. After a lot of study, he had figured out something extremely significant about the old master tree plan - those who voted for it quite likely didn't realize adding the new trees would require cutting down the stately, rather beloved trees that are already here.

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