Friday, October 9, 2009

Activists say "no way, Jose!" to proposed developer mitigation and fight to save mature trees instead; Miami, FL

The 41st Street Oaks Live to See Another Day:
On NE 41st Street, in the heart of Miami’s Designed District, two majestic, 80-foot-tall Southern Live Oaks, estimated to be nearly 100 years old, narrowly escaped the chainsaw last month thanks to two Biscayne Corridor residents tired of witnessing the destruction of Miami’s sparse tree canopy.
On August 26, Miami's Code Enforcement Department posted a sign on a vacant lot at 28 NE 41st Street announcing the approval of an application to cut down the two stately oaks. The applicants, art collectors Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, hoped to make room for several more vehicles in a soon-to-be-built parking lot on their property, across the street from their new museum, which will showcase their world-renowned collection of contemporary art.

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