In many cities in the country, they are going to great expense to remove utility poles because they are not attractive. In San Diego, we have an enormous number of equally unattractive palm trees.
They are similar to 30- to 40-foot utility poles with a small amount of green foliage on top. These palm trees cast little shade, allowing the pavement below to be hot to the touch. Not good on an 85-degree day.
Contrast this with streets that have shade trees. Certainly this has been recognized as an environmental and fiscal problem. It takes very large and expensive cranes to hoist tree trimmers to prune these ugly giants. I was distressed to learn that planting these ugly monsters is still allowed. The nearly finished condo on the corner of Maple and 5th has two newly planted palm trees.
When will we stop allowing new palm trees and start removing most of the present palm trees?
Jack Machun - Bankers Hill
Hey Jack. As a San Diego native and ardent palm tree lover, I suggest you move your butt out of Bankers Hill and back to whatever sorry ass briar patch you hail from, lickety split. These "ugly giants" define our native landscape and you would be surprised to know that they have legions of hometown fans. You must hate Balboa Park and the zoo too, they have some of the most wonderful specimens of butia, bismarckia and reclinata palms one could find anywhere in the world. Or Mission Bay with its extraordinary jubea palms in front of the Bahia. You are obviously not a local. Probably don't know who Johnny Downs was, or Dick Dale, or Enzo Hernandez either, for that matter. Doesn't sound like you are the right fit for your tony neighborhood. I say we pass the hat and get you and your burned toes a plane ticket back to Paducah as fast as you can waddle home. Leave San Diego to those that appreciate it!