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From Brett:This is one of my favorite times of the year, watching these trees turn color. When the wind blows off all their leaves I know winter is here. I moved into Marina City in 90 and saw them being planted. The bldg going up in this spot will block my view of the Lindberg light tower on top of the Palmolive Bldg on Mich Ave, so this is a double wammy. I hope the trees make it wherever they are going.
Still thinking about these trees... they aren't the originals. The first batch that was planted here all died within a year and I remember these "new" stronger ones being planted around 91 or 92. I'm sure they will be able to take another move, if they don't just dump them someplace outside of town.
Greedy SOBs! Can't they leave a single peice of green earth alone without trying to turn it into damned condo space? I seriously hope the market falls out and all these develeopers are left penniless and their condos sit unsold for years!
While I'm usually the last person in the world to stick up for a developer, I do have to mention, in fairness, that for over 15 years John Buck kept up the park at his own expense, when it would have been much cheaper to leave it a surface parking lot until he could get it developed. Compare this with the city, which for the same decade and a half, despite sitting on a huge pot of money from the East Loop TIP, left Block 37 an repugnant, useless dirtpile.
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