Swaying in the Breeze

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More than 250 palms have sprung up along Park Avenue and Almaden Boulevard. For each tree to make the journey from Palm Springs the city of San José payed more than $10,000.

To make the route for this year’s Champ Car Grand Prix easier to navigate 16 of the palms, on Park Avenue, must be relocated. The estimated cost $128,000.

Citizens of San José does it feel as though your tax money is just swaying in the breeze?

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2 Comments so far

  1. BM (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    Before you jump to conclusions don’t you think you should look into whether or not the people sponsoring the race are paying to have them moved and make other improvements to the streetscape?

  2. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 5:46 am

    OK, yes BM the “race” will pay to move the palms but it is not guaranteed the tress will survive the move. The move will also upset the order of the design and in this city, with its strange choice of foliage and public art, we don’t need that. Seems to me a different route could have been planned.

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