The above images were sent to me by an anonymous reader who lives in Baldwin Park. His querry was a simple one. He wrote: “Why can’t a tree look like a tree in Baldwin Park? Trees are beautiful — give shade and improve the air we breathe — but not in Baldwin Park. Why, oh why?”
Now, I know some cities purposefully sculpt parkway trees. They think it looks neat or unique, I’m not sure. Glendora comes to mind. They are fans of the lolipop trees on Glendora Avenue between Foothill and Bennet. Many say they look great when adorned with Christmas lights. There’s also the trees of St. Alban’s in San Marino. But this display in Baldwin Park lacks imagination.
Some say the trees are strangling. Or have been barbered to the extreme.
Funny how trees can be so important to residents.
One is near the redevelopment zone. There is no redevelopment plan that will add trees, as far as I know.