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Morton Ave. trees

Some people like trees, and some people don't. They want them felled. There's always a "reason," but to my mind there's rarely an excuse for chopping down a healthy, mature tree that's well placed. If the tree isn't going to hurt you -- like a eucalyptus next to your house -- go around it. There are ways. Of course Chicken Corner isn't alone in this sentiment. The City of Los Angeles likes trees and all of the wonderful things they do for us (thinking: oxygen, shade). The DWP will give you six saplings for free if you promise to take good care of them. And, as I said, a mature tree is priceless. Two mature trees? Priceless, priceless. One of the most beautiful things I've seen on this planet was some 2,000+-year-old redwoods on Vancouver Island. One thing I can tell you about those redwoods: they are lucky they don't live on Morton Place. In recent days Chicken Corner has received emails from four different people, two of them longtime residents of the neighborhood, about one landlord's plan to cut down two 50 - 75-year-old junipers on the 1600 block. One of the things that makes that stretch of Morton so atmospheric and lovely is the shade of old trees. And, unfortunately, the landlord may have the legal right to remove from the community his trees, which are original to the property. But there's legal right, and there's wrong. And it's never too late to change your mind, until it's too late.

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