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University Avenue trees: Where are they?

Original post made on Apr 1, 2011

Two dozen white birch trees lining Palo Alto's University Avenue were accidentally removed on Thursday (March 31) afternoon, according to Public Work Management Specialist John Doh.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 1, 2011, 9:49 AM

Comments (23)

Posted by one-a-minute, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

I like the 30-40 years part. Very cute.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

The level of incompetence by the City is unbelievable.

How many more trees must die before someone provides adult supervision?

Posted by you got me!, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

I was upset too -- until reading the editor's note!! Very cute.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

Fire their butts! First California Avenue, and now another 'accidental' tree removal, 20 of them!
You know the saying...'fool me once etc. etc.
What's up !

Posted by Charlie, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

It's just another April fool's joke!

Posted by ARabidTreeHugger, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

A good prank is believable -- this was unfortunately quite believable till the end!

Posted by DaveV, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

I love the way that people just jumped all over the story with vehemance and vituprativeness. Enough with the April Fools stories, our hearts can't take the strees!!

Posted by Hahahah, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

Hahahahahha! Perfect.

Posted by togfgi, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

Is this a representation, the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

If two words missed in a work order resulted in the removal of 20 trees, where else are editors/readers of work orders being question?
Does anyone have the opportunity to question a decision being reached?

It may have been a better to add some solar panels to existing downtown structues for the electricity.

Although, when I rode my bicycle or walked through the Palo Alto Dowtown area. A few thoughts went through my busy mind. Do these lights need to be lite before and after the Christmas Season? How much do trees with lights wrapped around them dry out during the many
warm days we have in this area? How much "cooling effect" will be lost since the removal of this foliage has taken place?

Oh Well. When I bring my own bag to Whole foods, I will no longer donate the nickel to the tree (Canopy) fund.

Where were the mothers and fathers eyes and ears when these trees were removed? Why did no one speak up and call 911? Where were the tree huggers?

I will leave out any mention of carbon monoxide removal in this comment since there are so few cars in and about the Downtown University Area.

Posted by Love it!, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

I love that the editor managed to fool the usual vitriolic posters on here. Ha!

Posted by Charlie B., a resident of Greater Miranda
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Ya sure kno what buttons to push. Best thing to preserve in this universe: sense of humor.

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Whewww! Amazing the anger that just pours out! Happy April Fool's Day everyone, and good job PA Online -- ya got 'em!

Posted by Bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

It just shows how people read a headline and react without reading the article. As someone posted on another April Fool site, the most vitriolic postings are those of the non-readers.

Editor: Please be careful when writing headlines. We have too many people who can only absorb small bites (bytes?) at a time.

Posted by Sheri Furman, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

The hysteria of the comments was even better than the story! John Doh? Did any of you notice the bylines on these stories? Ambar Maple for this one. Simba Felidae for the Peet's mountain lion?

Good on you, PAW.

Posted by Very Funny, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

How could anyone think this story was anything but an "APRIL FOOLS" joke? Hey guys wake-up, it's April Fool's Day!!!!

Posted by Native Plant Lover, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Given city budget cuts, rising water costs, and California's inability to provide enough water to sustain population growth, a prescient city arborist and Palo Alto City Council will replace the trees with the world's largest native California cactus.

The species is the cardón cactus (Pachycereus pringlei). Since it is estimated that there are only about 1200 of this rare native plant, city staff is considering applying for grants to help offset procurement and planting costs.

Some of the largest cardones have been measured at nearly 21 meters (70 feet) high and weigh up to 25 tons. These very slow growing plants are extremely long-lived. Many specimens live well over 300 years. They require virtually no maintenance, have no leaves to shed, and can be transplanted if necessary.

Shop owners along University Ave are thrilled since these gigantic native plants will not obscure store fronts, and no street sweeping will be required for 300 years.

The city manager is in agreement that the planting of this rare native species will save costs, and help with water conservation.
He also remarked that that these would make Palo Alto a *True Destination* as people would flock here from all over the world to see these remarkable rare trees lining our main street.

Posted by George, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Apr 2, 2011 at 12:14 am

Does anyone think that all of the "real-named" posts are really posted by the individuals named? More pranks?!

Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2011 at 3:51 am

John DOH.

Thought I was in a Simpsons episode.

Nicely done.

Posted by Chuckles, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

@Native Plant Lover

Giant cactus? LOL! Now *that* would be a sight. Thanks for the added laugh.

Posted by Relieved, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

That was great- scared me for a second- and amazing how many people didn't read to the bottom....:)

Posted by sallydtn, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 3, 2011 at 5:03 am

We could have plastic trees made from recycled milk cartons. That would really save on water usage too!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2011 at 8:52 am


Or, fake trees disguising cell towers, all decked out in pretty lights!

Posted by ChrisC, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Too funny. Kudos to PA Online. The sad part is that it was all too believable. Chuckle.

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