Why San Jose changed all of the shady timber in downtown Submit Road

With downtown San Jose being less busy this summer, you may not have noticed, but the shady canopy of trees on Post Street is gone. The city of San Jose removed all the trees from the short stretch between First Street and Market Streets and replaced them with new, younger trees earlier this summer.

If the San Jose Jazz Summer Festival hadn’t gotten out of hand with the coronavirus pandemic, there would have been plenty of unhappy people in the sun, as Post Street is usually one of the festival’s stages.

Post Street is lined with shady aristocratic pear trees during the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest in 2018. The trees were removed in 2020 due to limb failure and disease. (Sal Pizarro / Bay Area news group)

So what happened It turns out the wrong tree is in the wrong place.

Town arborist Russell Hansen The old trees are aristocratic pears, an ornamental variety that was popular in the late 1980s and 1990s, when the city center underwent extensive redevelopment. They were seen as an alternative to the Bradford pear – a tree whose limbs could break off. Unfortunately, the aristocrat has developed a reputation for having the same problem as well as disease problems.

“In that case, multiple trees had fire blight damage and the Downtown Association had provided multiple examples of major limb failure that had failed in recent years,” said Hansen. The city considered removing only the most problematic trees and removing others over the next several years, but ultimately decided to do everything at once to avoid another problem – future trees may not have that much room to grow.

The new trees are Armstrong Maples, which are said to grow fairly quickly and produce red flowers in the spring, the leaves of which turn red-orange in the fall. That should make a good look for the narrow street that includes the 55 South cocktail lounge, CREAM ice cream parlor, Don Pedro’s Mexican restaurant, and two of San Jose’s LGBT bars, Splash and Mac’s Club .

LOS ALTOS STAGE COMPANY SEES STARS: It’s an easy bet that few Zoom board meetings generate as much anticipation as the current Los Altos Stage Company.

The June Board meeting was “Zoom Bombed” by Mountain View Locals Nick Spanglerwho had a great career on Broadway and starred in “The Book of Mormon” and “Cinderella”. Everyone had a good laugh launched by the board member Mike Kasperzak.

Then board member Vivian Lufkin asked her friend, actress Polly Draper, Who made it to “Thirty” to stop by the board meeting in July? Draper stopped by with her husband, actor, and musician Michael Wolff. And they zoomed in on their friends Tony Shalhoub of “Monk” fame and his wife, actress Brooke Adams. Bet who will come over in August?

PALO ALTO ART CENTER MAKES ‘SAFE’ MOVEMENT: The Palo Alto Art Center was optimistic when it launched a call for submissions to have Safe, an exhibition about what it means to be safe today, as a personal exhibition in September. However, it has become increasingly unlikely that an opening will be possible this fall, which is why the Art Center canceled the judged exhibition. Artists who have already submitted will receive a refund of their entry fees.

GLOBAL PROPORTIONS ERRORS: In my column last week I said 101 year veteran in the US Army Sidney Walton had traveled “around the globe” to fight in World War II, a phrase that outraged the reader Inge Jordan. “We don’t travel the globe, we travel the globe,” wrote Jordan. “Unless, of course, you think the earth is flat?” Point taken. Now all I have to do is figure out where to put this in my error file. Grammar or geography?

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