July 26, 2008

Tree hugging

"ATLANTA (MyFOX Atlanta) -- Some self-proclaimed tree huggers spoke out Wednesday to try and keep a historic old tree from being cut down by developers. The residents called on the city of Avondale Estates to make the development work around the tree.

A plaque on the tree's trunk said the 83-year-old water oak tree was planted in 1925 by Avondale Estates founder, George Willis. Unfortunately for the historical marker, the tree stands right in the path of a planned Publix supermarket and retail development in the heart of the city.

Commissioners said they prided themselves on Avondale Estate's identity as a tree city, but said the stakes were too high. Commissioners also said sacrificing the tree could help them prod the developer to plant many more trees as they mandated a landscape plan for the project.

"As much as I love trees, I'm not going to recommend we put that tree over this development," said Commissioner David Milliron."


You can read the full story here.

How can you declare yourselves a tree city if you cut down the very tree that the city's founder planted? I just don't get it. For those not familiar with the demographics of this area, it's a large (over)populated, (over)developed area. If you google you will find at least 10 other Publix stores within 15 miles. We're not talking a rural community that could benefit from a little growth. It's such a shame that the commissioners are so willing to sacrifice their historical roots (hehe, get it?) all for the sake of convenience and the almighty dollar.

I really need to just stop watching the news, all it does is anger me.

4 thanks for stopping by, i love comments!:

Sarah July 27, 2008 at 9:10 AM  

Ok, I'm coming down there to chain myself to that tree! Seriously...if I had the money I would totally be there. Ugh.

Anonymous July 27, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

News reports say it will cost $1.2 million to relocate the tree. If you're serious about saving the tree, get your checkbooks out and start sending money as this little city's annual budget is only about $3 million. You do the math!

Tabitha W. July 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM  

Well, there are 2 sides to every story. And admittedly I've not done extensive research on the issue. I've just read the article that was linked in the original post. However, I still fail to see the need for yet another shopping center, especially in a highly developed urban location such as this where there a multitude of resources within a reasonable driving distance. Why should the tree even need to be relocated? Can there not be some type of compromise between preservation and development?

I appreciate the comments.....I would appreciate them more if they weren't anonymous.

Melissa July 28, 2008 at 9:56 PM  

Oh man. You know...if they TRIED..I'm sure they could come up with some solution that doesn't involve chopping the tree down.

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