The unfortunate plans for “downtown beautification”, which include cutting down century-old trees that shade our streets and add to the lush history of this small town, have already begun. Like many other concerned citizens of San Luis Obispo, I was upset to hear that these gentle giants were tagged for removal, but somehow my fears were assuaged by many people assuring me this won’t happen anytime soon.
Well, it’s happening. I encourage everyone to take a walk down the beautiful tree-lined Branch Street and admire the stumps that have been left behind in an effort to “beautify” our town. By the time anyone sees this letter at least three more will have been removed. On the corner of Pismo and Chorro they’ll find three more towering ficus that have been awarded this same sentence.
What can we do?