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Street Trees

Santa Barbara streets are lined with beautiful old trees.

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They are one of the city's defining characteristics, and they create a pleasant ambience. Seems like every other street has its tall trees.

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Ancient roots crawl over curbs, making Santa Barbara look much older than it is.

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While the huge old Magnolia below is not a street tree, the city owns the park it's in. Makes Jean look like a Hobbit.

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Trees like this don't happen by accident. They are the result of decades of careful pruning. The tree pictured below is one that has been recently pruned—and, I might add, by experts.

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All this work is performed by a full-time crew that wanders up and down the streets, year after year, shaping and thinning. They have all the cool gear: a chipper, a big truck for the chips, razor-sharp chain saws and a humongous cherry picker. I'm guessing this one reaches 40'-50', and it can be positioned rapidly and delicately. What a tool!

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A city needs money to create this kind of beauty. With the average homeowner kicking in $5,000-$10,000 in property taxes, Santa Barbara can afford it.
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