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Trees axed for $1.6m condos

Original post made on Apr 27, 2012

The loss of two cedar trees nearly killed a plan for five, $1.6 million condos which the City Council narrowly approved Tuesday for a downtown portion of California Street.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by Karen Koshgarian, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

The City of Mountain View is no longer a place of which I am a proud resident. I moved here in 1976, after commuting 9 years from San Jose, to my workplace, Awalt High School–now Mountain View High School. As a high school art teacher, I was attracted to the politics of the city, as well as the surrounding beauty of the landscape, and was happy to call this town my beloved home.

It has been painful over the years, to see landmarks like The Ferry Morse Seed Company torn down, the orchards ripped out for housing for our ever expanding and uncontrolled population girth, and the last farm on Grant Road turned into another developer's greedy cash cow. As a complacent resident, bowing to progress, I have come to realize that I am no longer comfortable living in Mountain View. I am no longer proud of this city, and in fact, rather disgusted with our city council.

Now, removing Heritage Trees to build condos–and notice the headline always has to mention the $$–completely breaks my heart. I agree with council member Ronit Bryant, that the message is clear: We've got the land, you've got the money. Come spend it in Mountain View. We even kill our Heritage Trees for your future dollars. Is this the best Mountain View can do to sustain our future?

Karen Koshgarian


Posted by Karen Koshgarian, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

The City of Mountain View is no longer a place of which I am a proud resident. I moved here in 1976, after commuting 9 years from San Jose, to my workplace, Awalt High School–now Mountain View High School. As a high school art teacher, I was attracted to the politics of the city, as well as the surrounding beauty of the landscape, and was happy to call this town my beloved home.

It has been painful over the years, to see landmarks like The Ferry Morse Seed Company torn down, the orchards ripped out for housing for our ever expanding and uncontrolled population girth, and the last farm on Grant Road turned into another developer's greedy cash cow. As a complacent resident, bowing to progress, I have come to realize that I am no longer comfortable living in Mountain View. I am no longer proud of this city, and in fact, rather disgusted with our city council.

Now, removing Heritage Trees to build condos–and notice the headline always has to mention the $$–completely breaks my heart. I agree with council member Ronit Bryant, that the message is clear: We've got the land, you've got the money. Come spend it in Mountain View. We even kill our Heritage Trees for your future dollars. Is this the best Mountain View can do to sustain our future?

Karen Koshgarian


Posted by Gene Cavanaugh, a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

Also, we should get rid of those horse-less carriage thingys, and all those cell phone thingys.
Walking and yelling at each other was good enough for a million years, how can you justify changing that?