Alpharetta City Council Embraces a Tree

City Council symbolically hugged a tree tonight.

I know I said I had said my last words on the trees at City Center, but....

City Council voted tonight to approve an amended master plan for City Center. No, there's really no change in the number of trees to be taken down in the Brook Street Park area. Good-bye big water oaks.  Good-bye honey locust.   You might think that we (whoever "we" is) lost this round.  But harken....I don't think so.  

The reason I don't think so is that what has happened over the past 6 weeks, or however many weeks it has been, is that trees, the environment, greenspace, etc. has entered the conversation.  I'd be a fool if I didn't recognize this to be a good thing.  And it's a good thing for all the reasons I've been stating till I'm blue in the face:  because natural systems matter to our waterways, our air, our heat index.  Heck - disruptions to the natural ecology affect how many mosquitoes are flying around and fleas are on the animals and mites are on the plants.  Also, nature (trees, specifically) actually increase retail traffic.  And nature is just pretty to look at.  

Down at City Hall, where I was tonight, I hear a City Council who has tuned in to the fact that this "nature", this natural world, these trees, this greenspace, actually matters.  

All of this good will toward trees and the environment will show itself in various ways, according to the plan approved tonight:  a semi-formal park next to City Hall, a 5 acre Brook Street Park, a .9 acre town green fronting Ga. Hwy. 9 and then symbolically, the preservation of the 45" calipre (or is it 60"?  Will someone please go measure that tree?) southern red oak behind the Publix.  

This is a good thing.  Well done, Alpharetta City Council.

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Julie Hollingsworth Hogg September 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Thanks for the comment Kristen. I'm good for being taken out for a beer anytime!
Bob Pepalis September 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Bloggers are not hired. They are people offering their opinions, comments, information, experience and yes, even knowledge, on topics that interest them. And I'm always looking for more people in the community to add their voices, whether in comments on articles or as bloggers themselves.
Travis Allen September 13, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I'll gladly take you out for a beer Julie! I'm in full agreement with your comments above. Elected officials need to have a feel for what people in their community want and this council, and in particular the mayor, seem to have lost sight of that with this city center project...amongst other things. I don't believe they were prepared for social media and the role it serves in getting information to the masses.
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg September 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
thanks :}
Kim September 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thank you Julie!!! Thank you. Both for looking-out for the trees and environment where others lack the concern and for maintaining your positive tone in the face of such criticism. i applaud your class. Maybe they didn't read the Lorax when they were young. Tree hugger and proud of it! I would rather have the park and big 'ol trees to show my grandkids and kids than another man-made building/project that got built in a rush without full and appropriate consideration. Some 105 degree day in the future, people will be thankful for the shade and life it brings to city center.


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