Little green to be seen in downtown M...

Little green to be seen in downtown Minneapolis

There are 9 comments on the Star Tribune story from Nov 27, 2011, titled Little green to be seen in downtown Minneapolis. In it, Star Tribune reports that:

Advocates say that Minneapolis, which prides itself on its parks, should downplay the gray, expand the greenery and enhance the livability of the city's core.

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Allen

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Nov 28, 2011
That's funny, Rybak says he wants more trees but he's a member of the Alpine Ski club which has been cutting down trees at Theodore Wirth park and wants to cut down even more!
RT idiot

Delano, MN

#2 Nov 28, 2011
Allen wrote:
That's funny, Rybak says he wants more trees but he's a member of the Alpine Ski club which has been cutting down trees at Theodore Wirth park and wants to cut down even more!
Isn't RT the mayor who was bragging about the death count in Muderapolis?

Now the count is on the rise and where is RT?

He probably cheers for the Vikes when they win also, not so much when they are losing.
AntiMelting

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 28, 2011
"...But, he said,'When we're done, nobody will be able to compare with us.'"

And what city would want to? Detroit junior.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Nov 28, 2011
An oak tree will not grown in a sidewalk yet I remember seeing newly transplanted oak trees in sidewalks downtown years ago. They all died within a year. Transplanting an oak tree is difficult enough in an ideal location but downtown will not work for them. A hardy tree like a ginko is needed for this type of growing location.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#5 Nov 28, 2011
Wade Gustafson wrote:
An oak tree will not grown in a sidewalk yet I remember seeing newly transplanted oak trees in sidewalks downtown years ago. They all died within a year. Transplanting an oak tree is difficult enough in an ideal location but downtown will not work for them. A hardy tree like a ginko is needed for this type of growing location.
Damn. I am impressed. Wade, you are a man of many talents.

What is a ginko? I thought that was some place you go to get copies made.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#6 Nov 28, 2011
IrishMN wrote:
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Damn. I am impressed. Wade, you are a man of many talents.
What is a ginko? I thought that was some place you go to get copies made.
Gingko Biloba. One of the oldest trees on the planet. There are a number of them planted along Snelling Ave. near the fairgrounds. They are slow growers but as Wade mentioned, very hardy.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#7 Nov 28, 2011
Wade Gustafson wrote:
An oak tree will not grown in a sidewalk yet I remember seeing newly transplanted oak trees in sidewalks downtown years ago. They all died within a year. Transplanting an oak tree is difficult enough in an ideal location but downtown will not work for them. A hardy tree like a ginko is needed for this type of growing location.
I wonder how Tamaracks would fare down there? They are hardy things.
Mom called-behave kids

Kent, WA

#8 Nov 28, 2011
cantmakeitup wrote:
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I wonder how Tamaracks would fare down there? They are hardy things.
Lilac family would suit this purpose better, cheaper and faster....
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Nov 28, 2011
IrishMN wrote:
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Damn. I am impressed. Wade, you are a man of many talents.
What is a ginko? I thought that was some place you go to get copies made.
As indicated above, ginko trees are ancient. Fossils of there leaves are foubd in Asia. There are a number of them planted in downtiwn Minneapolis as well as on some boulevards in St. Paul. Some cities ban the planting of female ginko trees. The fruit, about the size of a big olive matures in the kate fall. It is inedible and when it ripens, it drops to the ground, and if it hits a hard surface like a sidewalk, it bursts open and has the odor if vomit. I thought about giving such a tree to my brother but I don't have the patience for that kind if practical joke as the female ginko tree does not produce fruit until it matures at about twenty years of age.

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