From the Palm Springs Desert Sun:
‘Racist’ trees separating a black neighborhood from a golf course will come down
Corinne S Kennedy The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun
10:52 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 Atlanta News
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Palm Springs will remove a row of trees blocking a historically African-American neighborhood from a city-owned golf course.
…Many longtime residents of the neighborhood previously told the (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun they believed the trees were planted for racist reasons in the 1960s, and remained a lasting remnant of the history of segregation in the city. Residents said the invasive tamarisks, which block views of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course and San Jacinto mountains, have artificially depressed property values and prevented black families from accumulating wealth in their property over the past half century.
Roberts apologized to the Crossley Tract residents for any wrongdoing by the city in the past and said he and the rest of the council wanted to make the necessary changes to ensure future generations didn’t have to deal with the same problems current and past residents faced.
Problems such as having unbroken windows and both eyes.
The Broken Windows theory of economic growth suggests that nothing will boost property values like golf balls no longer being blocked from smashing windows in this neighborhood.