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Rubber sidewalks and elm trees

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Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 10:00 pm

An interesting point came up in an article the other day about sidewalk repairs and property value.

It was suggested that Lodi Realtor Larry Underhill give his opinion about the decline in property value with our city replacing concrete sidewalks with rubber in order to keep the city trees healthy.

At the same time that the rubber sidewalk was going in, the city removed two, 48 year old, magnificent elm trees in front of our house. Due to poor tree maintenance in the way of pruning, branches were breaking off and threatening the general public, plus raising up and breaking the sidewalk. Now our house, and especially my wife's beautiful semi-shade-loving garden, gets blasted by the hot sun all day in the summer. This spring we will have to replant the flowers in the front with more sun-loving varieties at our expense.

The point to all this is, I would like to know how my house value fares in this already depressed real estate market with the absence of those two mature Elm trees. If the city had pruned them on a regular basis, as we asked them to do several times, they would not have needed removal. I would have gladly traded rubber sidewalks for those trees.

Fred Knust

Lodi

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