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  • desert = deserted. Empty. The opposite of what a developer produces, which is increased human habitations.

    BTW, if fewer people live in urban neighborhoods, more will end up in autocentric sprawl, where they will create more GHGs, increasing the extent of real deserts.

  • I do have to say, I don’t think I’d pay $1,000,000+ for a condo or townhouse that didn’t have a single mature tree within a block of it. This seems like it was a bad, bad move.

    • I have to say, it’s pretty amazing that you have the prescience to look at a barely begun real estate project and see what the completed landscaped version will look like. Although it does seem quite a few commenters on here have that apparent ability.

    • I’m with you, because I value trees. But the purchasers of these condos at those prices will likely value the garage parking they are building under there, which I think what necessitated the chopping of the lovely trees.

    • Unfortunately, all your comment shows is that you’re not familiar with the site or the construction, and are basing your comment entirely on this photo. Not only are there many mature trees within a block, there are several within a few yards of the site. It actually takes careful camera work to make the construction site looks so desolate.

    • We had a lovely mature tree in front of our home last year. The city tore it down without notice, and now we have a baby tree in front of our house. The thing I’ve learned – trees change, square footage doesn’t.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Good grief. More trees can be planted when contstruction etc is over and they won’t be damaged.

    • Oh Em GEE!!! you’re so right!!! because newly planted starter trees are exactly the same as mature, rooted ones that have been there for decades!

      • Emmaleigh504

        Mature trees that can be damaged when they do their work or make work more costly and dangerous to the actual humans.. Timber heiress here, it’s not that big a deal, trees grow.

        • Well you had me at “timber heiress”!

        • I Dont Get It

          Wait, what? Timber heir here.

        • Good news for everyone who has 20 years to wait around for them to grow, like the hotel. Bad news for the other 99% of us. Maybe you lose perspective on what it’s like to actually live there on a human timescale when you’re a ‘timber heiress’.

  • Those posting here suggesting that it’s no big deal to remove mature trees need to educate themselves. The difference in environmental and economic benefits of mature trees versus new growth trees is enormous. It will take many decades to regain those benefits. Setting that aside, looking at this particular development, wiping the parcel completely of all of its vegetation seems overly extreme.

  • Woodley Park? More like Woodley Parking lot !!

  • That’s the most depressing sign ever.

  • I already miss the trees. It won’t be the same for a long, long time.

  • i’m sure all of us live in homes that were built on lots that were bereft of vegetation prior to their original development, right? whats that they say about glass houses?

    • No, all of us were not (what you said)

    • I’m sure many of us lived in homes where someone else had to suffer through less than perfect vegetation so that eventually we could move in and pay more for mature “natural-looking” landscaping.

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