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Video by Spencer Lee
Not everyone is happy with the renovation of Reed Park.

News, Environment, City Government, Video, Santa Monica, Urban Forest

Remodeling of Reed Park Has Some People Wondering Why

A bulldozer removes a tree line at Reed Park.
Photo submitted by Cosmo Bua
A bulldozer removes a tree line at Reed Park.

Posted Apr. 7, 2011, 6:08 am

Mirror Staff

Emails flooded the Santa Monica City Council at the sound of a bulldozer at Reed Park.

The trees, planted in 1999, according to City Councilman Bob Holbrook, have been reported as unhealthy and are being removed as part of the remodeling of the park.

But Cosmo Bua, board president of Treesavers, believes it is unnecessary to remove the trees.

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Apr. 7, 2011, 9:34:48 am

Kay said...

I've lived on the same block for nearly sixteen years. When I moved in, the neighborhood was lush with trees. The city replaced mature trees they called "unhealthy" with saplings that barely count as weeds. Private owners replaced magnificent pines with a condo complex. The city wants tax revenues on development, and is stingy with re-planting. The only green Santa Monica gives a damn about has pictures of presidents on it.

Apr. 8, 2011, 12:22:20 pm

MHR said...

Well said Kay. It's interesting that the city claims they are so concerned about "green" space when every structure they build lacks it. Enough with the corrugated steel already.

Apr. 8, 2011, 12:40:50 pm

RK said...

For some reason trees are out of style to those who determine the 'worth' of property--public or private. This problem is country wide. My parents live in a city in Michigan and they took out all the big trees lining the street and replaced them with small trees that will never grow too big. The city said the new small trees will raise the property value. What about the environment?? What about shade? the street looks ugly now. Jerks!!

Apr. 9, 2011, 5:30:56 am

CC said...

Trees are living things but so are vegetables and weeds. Do the treesavers kill and eat vegetables? Ever weeded a garden? What a load. Those cyprees bushes were unsightly. Good riddance.

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