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ICYMI: Downtown trees chopped down for water project

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This article was published March 31, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

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3/30/14 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON The stumps of Oak trees remain along the 200 block of Main Street in Little Rock Sunday.

More than a dozen trees along downtown Little Rock's Main Street were chopped down over the weekend as work began on a $1.6 million project to improve water runoff in the area.

But the tree-clearing was apparently halted, at least temporarily, after concerns about the work surfaced.

“I hope that we can persuade the city to modify their landscape plan and save the trees," Jimmy Moses of Moses Tucker Real Estate, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette over the weekend. "I think that would be in the community’s best interest."

The newspaper reported that Mayor Mark Stodola ordered the cutting stopped so he could discuss with Main Street property owners whether some of the trees can be saved. Fifteen oaks have been removed so far.

A message left seeking an update from a city of Little Rock spokesman wasn't immediately returned Monday morning.

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Kajon says... March 31, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Looks to me like they were sawed down, not chopped. Chopped means an axe was used.

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Splunkett says... March 31, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

Our city government can do some idiotic things, but this one has to be up there near the top of the list.

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Pobucker says... March 31, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

Central Planning at its finest.
Imagine how screwed up things get on a federal level...

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ITSiteman says... March 31, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

they will probably replant with smaller trees. once a tree gets so big, the roots begin to disrupt the sidewalk and street. also the limbs of larger trees can fall and damage automobiles or people if the ice load gets too heavy.

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GiveUsLiberty says... March 31, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

If I cut down a tree between the sidewalk & the curb, I have to pay a fine. How can we "go green" and cut down OAK trees in our downtown?

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Popsmith says... March 31, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

Maybe and "Adopt a tree" program could save them.

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LR1955 says... March 31, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

I remember when Judge Buddy V had several very old oak trees cut down so he could see the river front area from his court house office. Seems kinda sneeky to do this cutting over the weekend. And the officials say, "I wasn't aware !" Pitiful, just pitiful !

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FarmBoy says... March 31, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.

Should be trying to save trees not cut them down. Puts oxygen in air and cools things off. I am not a tree hugger but the person that ordered this should be fired.

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LevyRat says... March 31, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

Well LR, TAX AND SPEND STODOLA and his happy band of taxers don't really care about you, LR or what's best for your community. The will do whatever they want, just keep giving them lots of money and shut up ....... they know what's best, just like our leaders in Washington.

By the way, you elected these idiots!

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LevyRat says... March 31, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.

Just a thought, how is going to improve water runoff by cutting down all the trees?

Won't that just led to more flooding down the street?

Oh, I forgot, TAX AND SPEND STODOLA knows whats best ........ never mind.

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