Build The Light Rail, But Spare The Trees

Century old palm trees lining the desert city centre in Arizona are to be displaced not removed, to make way for Light Rail.
October 15, 2003, 5am PDT | Ambar Mukherjee
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"The plan is to remove the 110 palm trees during construction, then return them to the same stretch on Central Avenue. The cost of removal, nursery storage and replanting is $3,000 per tree. 'Historic properties are not just buildings,' said Barbara Stocklin, the city's historic preservation officer. 'Sites, objects and streetscapes can be historic. If this were the halcyon days of urban renewal in the 1960s, the trees would simply be knocked down in the name of progress.'"

Thanks to Ambar Mukherjee

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Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 in The Arizona Republic
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