If you have ever wandered the Design District, just once in the last
70 150+ years or so, you might remember the awesome beauty of the trees located on NE 39th Street. After MaiTardi closed and construction began on the new, über-glamorous developments in the Design District, locals kept an eye on these wonderfully unique natural beauties and celebrated the fact that the City of Miami’s tree policy would not allow for their removal. Workers demolished EVERYthing you see in the above picture, BUT the trees. The gold mosaics and popular destination (my favorite local restaurant) were missed, but the trees remained. Until today.
Even more shocking, these trees were not dug up to be replanted elsewhere, but literally hacked to splintered bits. We’ll post a picture of the remaining stump tomorrow with the help of daylight.
But for now, we are left to mourn the last remaining natural beauty in this historic heart of Old Miami – and to ask: Craig Robbins, how could you let this happen?
Where is our respect for place? For the shadows, the sounds, the sights of trees that make walking, bicycling… stopping, wandering so richly rewarding?
If you have information on how or why this happened, please share. Thank you.
If there is a reason, where were the pink tags? The permit-required signs notifying neighbors why?
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