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Tree-planting effort leaves some Glendale residents fuming

February 2, 2010 |  5:17 pm

Most people are unhappy when cities take out trees lining their sidewalks and other public spaces. But in one Glendale neighborhood, the unhappiness stems from the city planting trees, often on what residents mistakenly thought was their private property.

According to Zain Shauk of the Glendale News Press, residents are mainly miffed about where the new the new trees are being planted: It seems the additions detract from the aesthetics of some homeowners' landscaping.

The city acknowledges that there was a "a lack of communication" about the trees' arrival, but say the plantings were in response to inquiries about why trees that had been removed because of disease had not been replaced.

And no, the city isn't so generous that it's taking to planting trees outside public right-of-ways: “We don’t put trees on private property," says one public works official. He said residents' confusion was due to city-owned areas not being visibly separated from residential property lines.

Glad we got to the root of the problem.

-- Jill-Marie Jones