In 2011, a 57-foot pecan tree on private land in downtown Austin became a symbol of the good and bad of Austin’s tree-protection rules, depending on your point of view.
Developers wanted to fell the giant pecan to build a residential tower on the lot at Bowie and West Fifth streets. But city rules forced them to save the tree, and the developers ended up moving it nearby, at a cost of more than $200,000.
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