877 Trees are being removed from Grant Park, the new Maggie Daley Park

You know I just don't buy this explanation. The removal of 877 trees "were at the end of their lives and their is little diversity of species and the ash trees will be killed by the emerald ash borer anyway. Reclaimed wood from 160 trees will be used in the new children's play area. Many of the crab apple tree are already dying and the honey locust, which is the predominant tree, is not that long lived."

"The new trees will be a much more diverse pallette of trees with more nature-friendly species. The species of new trees is being decided now and will help attract wildlife. What was first thought of as a total loss of many mature trees with the constructions of the new park, will actually be very positive because so many of the existing trees are in poor shape, dying, diseased, or species that do not live long. All are going to be replaced with much better stock."

I've lived here since 2007 and have enjoyed watching the trees go through the seasons, year after year. As an unscientific observer and person who enjoys walking through the park, the trees and their leaves looked absolutely beautiful in each season with their various colors.

I know the new Maggie Daley Park will be beautiful. New trees will be planted and there will be many fabulous amenities. I just don't know why they had to chop down all the previous trees. I guess it is 'get rid of the old to make way for the new.'

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    Lisa Renee Guy Mallen

    I grew up as an "Army Brat" and lived in 11 places including two foreign countries in my first 17 years of life. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, my Fairfax High School, VA, sweethheart and I were married. We lived primarily on the east coast, in the MD/VA/DC area and in Pennsylania until we moved to Chicagoland in 1998. We lived in Naperville with our son and two daughters until 2007 when we moved into the city. We always lived in the suburbs and had never experienced city life before. When my husband discovered a condo building was being built right next to his work building, he said we needed to downsize and he needed to give up his daily stressful commute. So, we were able to sell our house just in the nick of time, before the housing market plummeted and move into our new condo unit on the Near East Side. We love, love, love Chicago and the city life! Thinking we'd be "empty nesters," the boomerang trend hit us. One daughter moved back in with us, then the other daughter as well. Now that both daughters have their own homes; our son and his wife have moved in. When our kids were young I read to them all the time. After seeing and meeting several children's authors at their elementary school, I knew that I wanted to write a children's book, too. I researched the publishing industry, wrote down my stories, sent my queries and manuscripts off, and received hundreds of rejection letters. I worked in the children's department of a large bookstore, worked in a preschool, wrote for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the North Hills News Record, the Naperville Sun, Beanie Mania magazine, and for several charity guide books. My first published children's book, "Elton the Elf," was published in 2000 in Canada and 2001 in the U.S. "Joining Forces with Glory," a chapter book for kids was published in 2011, and "Paige Persnickety's Purr-fect Pet," a picture book was published in 2012. I have many varied interests and will incorporate them into my blog. Originally, the deconstruction and reconstruction of Grant Park, now Maggie Daley Park was the basis for this blog. I have a bird's eye view of all the construction going on inside the fences that you can't see from the streets. So, I'll be writing and posting pictures of the evolving park. I'm very interested in the Blues music. I was the legendary musician Buddy Guy's youngest brother, Phil Guy's, manager for 4 years, before he passed. I love the Blues and what better place to be - in Chicago - to hear and see the best musicians. I'm passionate about the military. I love parades, events, restaurants, shopping, festivals . . . the list goes on and on! I'm excited to get this blog started and hear from all of you!

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