Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community, on Jan 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm
I'm not a tree guy, wouldn't know a crepe myrtle from a london plane. I do suspect that neither of these species are native to this area. I'm a fish and wildlife guy, and when it comes to enviornmental issues I am most concerned about screwing with mother nature. Non-native species, be they animal, fish or fauna are not a good idea. Add to that the fact that they take up room on the street, and this is a really dumb idea; but, I am sure they will get planted--only to need to be torn out when ECR has to be expanded to handle the traffic increases that are coming our way.
Posted by Downtowner, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm
The crapemyrtles are lovely trees with pretty flowers that enhance downtown.
On the other hand, here is what Wikipedia has to say about the London Plane tree:"...it (London Plane tree) has a number of problems in urban use, most notably the short, stiff hairs shed by the young leaves and the dispersing seeds; these are an irritant if breathed in, and can exacerbate breathing difficulties for people with asthma. The large leaves can create a disposal problem in cities."
Menlo Park should not be wasting our tax dollars to remove our beautiful, well-established trees, nor should it even consider burdening us with messy trees known to create breathing and other problems in cities.