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Charlotte: City of Stumps?

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This was in today's paper, comparing Charlotte of 1984 to 2003 and showing how much we had lost in terms of tree cover due to development.

Mecklenburg County lost about 35 percent of its acreage covered by trees, the analysis found, and about 36 percent of its grass and cropland. Urban areas -- those with at least 80 percent of the ground covered by streets and buildings -- expanded 184 percent.

Article: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/11916152.htm

Interactive Map: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/11913771.htm

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This was in today's paper, comparing Charlotte of 1984 to 2003 and showing how much we had lost in terms of tree cover due to development.

Article: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/11916152.htm

Interactive Map: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/11913771.htm

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WoW....that's VERY dramatic! Charlotte has DEFINITELY grown fast in a span of less than 20 years.

But as far as the whole tree issue is concerned, yes...the region has lost alot of trees, but I don't think we're @ a point yet where there would have to be an enviromental ordinance to preserve them. I live right on the Meck/Cabarrus County border by I-485 & although the area is growing rapidly, there are STILL rather large swaths of land & trees surrounding us...just take a ride down Robinson Church/Harrisburg Road.

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That reminds me, I was watching an episode of Living Single, which took place in Brooklyn, and in that one episode people was protesting to preserve the only tree left in Brooklyn, though that was a joke, Brooklyn has more than one tree left. I just thought it was funny.

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