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Old 12-23-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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There are posts elsewhere on the forum that deny an area is "ghetto" simply because of the presence of s single scrawny palm tree. "But .... there are ... palm trees! How can it be a ghetto?"
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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One of the most important criteria my wife had when we were shopping for a house was that there should be no palm trees nearby.

She was totally serious, and I thought it was funny.

We both grew up in Los Angeles proper (area code 213)--so we sort of have an understanding how palm trees can make streets look dumpy and ghetto.
Oh yeah they do! I mean look at Beverly Hills! Such a ghetto with all its palm trees! No one wants to live there!
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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One of the things I miss about not living in LA anymore is the lack of palm trees. I know their charm is entirely ornamental -- they're not native to the region and provide zero shade
Date Palms provide mucho shado.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Palm trees enhance the appearance of an area..
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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Oh yeah they do! I mean look at Beverly Hills! Such a ghetto with all its palm trees! No one wants to live there!
If they are well-kept... then yes, palm trees CAN look nice.

BH obviously has well-kept palm trees. I don't even have to drive down there to check.

However, if palm trees are neglected, they can look like crap.

My wife and I grew up in areas with palm trees that looked like crap.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Isn't a ghetto a place with a mostly homogenous population - in this case - with Beverly Hills being mostly white - wouldn't it qualify as a "white ghetto"?
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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If they are well-kept... then yes, palm trees CAN look nice.

BH obviously has well-kept palm trees. I don't even have to drive down there to check.

However, if palm trees are neglected, they can look like crap.

My wife and I grew up in areas with palm trees that looked like crap.
I agree. California fan palms in high density with beards that have not been shaved in a decade usually is a good marker for a not so great neighborhood. This is true in San Jose as well.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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I agree. California fan palms in high density with beards that have not been shaved in a decade usually is a good marker for a not so great neighborhood. This is true in San Jose as well.
Rats love em!
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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I agree. California fan palms in high density with beards that have not been shaved in a decade usually is a good marker for a not so great neighborhood. This is true in San Jose as well.
Old dead fronds turn into big fearsome falling things in windstorms. Seen people underneath almost get killed by 'em.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:15 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Aren't all trees bad if unkept?

If you think palm trees are bad then you guys are in for a treat, in Sydney Australia we have these types of very bushy, messy trees.. Which are also very dangerous.. Imagine those in front of your house..
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