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Menlo Park seeks input on two projects

Original post made on Jan 10, 2013

Speak your mind on two upcoming Menlo Park projects: Irrigation system replacement on Santa Cruz Avenue, and tree-planting along El Camino Real.

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jan 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

The crepe myrtles are pretty. London planes are a perfect nuisance, dropping the seed balls and leaves. This is a perfectly idiotic waste of money

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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.

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
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:" (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.
It ain't broke. Don't fix it.

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