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Palm Freeze Redux

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LA ist loves it when Angelenos actually share their opinions. Here’s another perspective to add to the ongoing discussions about the merits of palm trees in the comments section below.

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From: ____ McHale
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 10:38:12 -0700
Subject: "Palm Freeze" blog entry
To: tom@laist.com
Cc: adrienne@laist.com

Two hundred of even the most expensive palms would be only $1.5M (assuming no rise in prices as a result of additional demand). While cities are fiscally unable to replace the dying palms, this seems like a great opportunity for LA's better-off denizens to give back to the community.

You'd think the entertainment community alone could muster a couple hundred actors, producers, etc. for some type of "adopt a palm" project. The amounts are small enough that it should not detract from other charitable giving. If each agent at CAA, WilliamMorris, ICM contributed one tree, that alone would be a significant contribution and should garner significant positive press coverage, etc. It also ties in nicely with the entertainment community's concerns regarding the environment.

LAist likes this suggestion and endorses any go-getters out there to take action, but also wonders if agencies, like other commercial property owners paying higher tax assessments, might balk at subsizing extra trees while residential property owners enjoy a "re-palmed" cityscape for free. Yes, it would be a gift to the community and generate good will, but, frankly, we'd rather have a school.

On the other hand, LAist notices that the fancy condo developments on Third Street across from "The Grove" have a large number of baby palms planted inside and outside of the complex so someone can afford to put new trees in LA...