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Trees vs Views: How Much Is a View Worth?
Stadium Way is finally looking like a finished, drivable street again. And everyone cheers... well, almost everyone.
Property owners on Stadium Way have one beef. They want the brand new trees planted by the City removed.
Property owners along Stadium Way were involved in the planning process for the project, including discussions about landscaping for the street.
According to The News Tribune property owners initally agreed to the placement of the trees, which were planted further apart than they typically would be as a part of City streetscaping. That was before they found out that the City was considering taking down some of the existing mature trees on the hillside below Stadium Way.
Then, in a move to improve vegetation on the slope and improve water quality, the City project would thin the trees, replacing some of the non-native trees with shorter native species.
Residents and property owners came together to ask the City to thin the trees to improve their views.
“It was a good turnout. These were not just anybody off the street. These were condo owners, business owners, apartment managers, homeowners on North Stadium Way. Some of (the homes) are worth more than $1 million...”
The TNT quotes one property owner explaining his views on protecting his view...
“The city should be promoting an asset. An asset is not a tree. An asset is a view of the bay. The tree is a negative, period,” Peranzi said. “They have trees they could plan to grow to 8-10 feet, or they don’t need to put in trees at all. They could put in some other kind of decorative shrubbery.”
What do you think? Are you sympathetic to their desire to improve their views? Should the City bring them a shrubbery?
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