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Old 04-18-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Nollen Plaza losing all its trees | Weather - KCCI Home

I cannot believe that they are destroying the remaining healthy trees because they are "susceptible to falling". What a crock. Personally I would rather live in a city full of beautiful healthy trees that might fall on me at any minute (!!) than in a sterile concrete filled city that has preemptively removed any sign of greenery under the pretense of protecting me. Bah! I am more likely to be mugged, hit by a bus, or struck by lightning than to have a tree fall on me. Am I the only one who thinks this is ludicrous? Ok, well maybe I am the only one, but I feel better for being able to rant a bit about it
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:21 PM
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Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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^ IMO, your outrage is misplaced. The city DID want to keep them had the trees been healthy long term. By taking them out, they can start to get trees replanted for the long term.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:54 AM
 
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I am happy to know that the trees will be replanted, but the story didn't mention that, or that there was a problem with the remaining trees. Thank you for providing that information. My outrage has been redirected to the lack of quality local reporting, but that is another story
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:20 AM
Status: "Iowa State Basketball fan" (set 27 days ago)
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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^ don't blame the reporting on this one. There is a plan to redevelop Nollen Plaza (once funds can be raised) so there probably isn't any firm timeline yet for replanting to really report on yet.

My point was the city spent resources thinning out these trees last year in an attempt to improve the health of the remaining trees. My guess is until the wind storm Saturday, there was no way to know how bad of shape these trees were really in.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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The contractor that planted them incorrectly should be paying to replace them. I don't care how long it's been, a professional should know better. From the pictures I saw they were stuck in a hole with a lot of fertilizer then left alone. The roots never made it out of that comfy little hole. Apparently they were also planted too deep.

I guess you get what you pay for when the lowest bidder wins.
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