Saturday, August 09, 2008
North Leucadia 101 Tree Tunnel
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When I was a little kid in the 1970's the north Leucadia tree tunnel was truly impressive. Hundreds of trees lined the coast, their limbs crisscrossing overhead. Some people say it was so dense somedays you had to turn on your headlights as you drove through.
Photos above were taken by me on August 5th, 2008. The tree tunnel has diminished due to lack of care and even downright hostility since 1986, when Leucadia became part of the city of Encinitas.
Several of the new Streetscape plans opt to cut down the trees in the center median and move the median one lane to the right, creating a single northbound lane. This configuration may work great for south Leucadia where the restaurants are, but in my opinion would destroy the classic ambiance of north Leucadia's coast highway.
What we need is an intelligent plan to manage and restore the north Leucadia tree canopy.
Bonus photo, Leucadia summertime traffic,
photo taken by me this afternoon, August 9th 2008