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Weeds underfoot.

Weeds underfoot: Back before World War II, Reza Shah (photo) ordered wide boulevards in Tehran and planted trees in the first effort to beautify the city's main thoroughfares, such as Vali Asr Avenue. But the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) says the government is now chopping down many of these trees that are now more than 70 years old and line Vali Asr for 17 kilometers. HRANA couldn't find out who issued the chopping order or why. There was speculation property owners wanted a better view or the police demanded unobstructed sight for the surveillance cameras it is installing. But no one really knows.

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Title Annotation:Tidbits and Morsels: A column of musings on news that might otherwise go unnoticed.; Tehran's historic trees
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Jul 26, 2013
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