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Fate of Merry Prankster tree in limbo as neighbors rally

Original post made on Jul 9, 2013

The days of "Chloe's Tree," home to hawks and witness to the Dymaxion dance troupe and Merry Pranksters, may be numbered.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 10:44 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Glenn Lanum, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jul 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks for bringing attention to the plight of Chloe's Tree on July 9th and the additional McMansion-ization of this unincorporated West Menlo Park community. I don't think this neighborhood has been modernized so much as it has been over-sprawled. Some larger lots have appropriately bigger houses but most lots are minimum sized and now even undersized lots are being overbuilt. The county seems not to mind and approves whatever builders ask for. Speaking for myself, we in the community feel unrepresented by any local government.


Posted by MP Resident, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

Menlo Park has gutted their tree protection program. The last report of approvals/rejections posted on the city website is from 2012. It indicates that they basically rubber stamp requests to remove trees for any reason whatsoever. I asked the city why they no longer keep the web site up to date and they cited budgetary reasons. Pretty sad for a town that has an oak tree as their symbol.


Posted by Ken, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

Perry Lane has been surpassed as the epicenter of Merry Prankster behavior. The new epicenter is now Pope Street in the Willows.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Ken - Intriguing comment. How is Pope the new Perry? Are the retired Merry Pranksters who're still alive living there?


Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Try the County for the location of the tree. Don't believe it is in the city jurisdiction.


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