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Lost L.A.: When the tree, not the car, ruled the road

Lost-LA-tree

In this photo from more than a century ago, could that tree really be rising from the middle of Orange Grove Avenue in Pasadena? And whatever happened to that ancient oak?

In his latest Lost L.A. column, Sam Watters answers those questions and spins a tale that will sound awfully familiar to anyone reading headlines today.

Photo credit: UCLA Library Department of Special Collections

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Absolutely stunning...

Sam Watters' "A city blooms, a tree falls" should have been placed on the front page of the L.A. Times. His LOST L.A. article gently moved readers from Joyce Kilmer's nostalic verse honoring a tree into the horror of our Los Angeles County Planners' short-sighted decision to kill a lovely forest of Oaks and Sycamores for a sludge dump. The Arcadia Woodlands, home for birds and animals was also a sanctuary for humans. This is an egregious crime requiring a homicide investigation.

Carla Bollinger
A Proud Tree-Hugger

"A City Blooms, a Tree Falls" touched my heart. I grew up on a street shaded by elms, offering us comfort in summer and beauty year 'round. As much as I love my home of Venice, I miss trees—"real" trees. Thank you, Sam Watters.


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