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Commentary: Cities Cannot Live On Growth Alone

Posted: April 20, 2014 at 5 a.m.

NWA Media/Michael Woods Construction crews work early this year on the Cardinal apartment complex at Duncan Avenue and Center Street in Fayetteville as The Vue apartments can be seen in the distance to the right.

Several years ago, an extremely successful local developer made an offer to the Fayetteville City Council he figured they couldn't refuse. Four hundred trees, he announced, would be his gift to the city. I no longer remember exactly why he proffered what he considered a generous enticement, except that it had to do with tree issues in developments, where wooded areas were being leveled in order to plant subdivisions and apartments.

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