We haven't heard much blowback from the developer-endorsing "environmental groups" about this, but none of the champion trees being removed are dying. In fact, three of the 6 mature trees that will be removed have just been declared to be in "Good" health by an arborist. Two others are in "Fair" health, in no chance of dying anytime soon. One is in "Poor" health, but not in need of removal for health reasons. All will be removed for money-making reasons.
When you look at the specific trees being removed, they are the ones that give Westbard its leafy, suburban character. Looking at these pictures, you don't see the fabled "parking lots" or "outmoded retail centers." What you see is a substantial green canopy, which cleans the air, and also fits in with the nearby single-family homes.
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Most of all, there will be concrete, glass, steel and more concrete in every direction you look from the future Westbard Avenue. None of the streetscapes and green turf postage stamps in the development will feature mature trees, only the glorified twigs found around most new developments today. Federal Realty, in a very unusual move, paid extra to bring an actual mature tree to Rose Park at Pike & Rose. Will Regency Centers change their plans and do so as well? And then truck in five more? I'm not willing to bet any money on it.
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