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Valencia Boondoggle Watch: The Wrong Trees?

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Valencia streetscape improvements are clanking along, with some merchants grumbling but a better, brighter, happier streetscape on the horizon. Not so fast, though, says local celebotanist Jason Dewees: "Rumor has it that Callery pears have been chosen for the current reconstruction of Valencia Street." Great Scott! The problem with Callery pears is that they tend to mope limply through the seasons in San Francisco; in our peculiar microclimates, they can't grow big and bushy like, say, the London plane tree can. If the rumors turn out to be true, it's just the latest in a string of Valencia scandals: a recent vote on public art was marred by "the misuse of fractions."
· Valencia Project Will Bring Improvements Worth the Short-Term Headaches [Streetscape]
· Valencia Streetscape Project Derails Business [Mission Local]
· Deciduous Trees in Mild Bay Area Climates [The Palm Broker]
· Public Art: Mistakes, Barbs and One Big Mess [Mission Local]