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Historic tree can’t be replaced

The Spokesman-Review

The parking lot in front of the Convention Center is slated to be “street-scaped” for parking in the next month. There is a treasure of downtown Spokane that is very unusual and rare to be seen at this latitude – a flood plain tree clearly fed with an underground spring – the majestic weeping willow or, as my sister calls them, “the crying tree.” It is directly behind the building to be razed, and my understanding is that it is not in the “plan” to save this arboreal treasure.

What can we do to save this tree for all to enjoy? The plan is to plant trees in this lot; can we not preserve what is already there in some manner? If this is important to you please call the Convention Center and the mayor and let them know if you value this wonderful mature tree. Thank you.

Ira Amstadter



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