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The trees that witnessed President JFK's assassination now deemed historic by Dallas City Council.
The Live Oaks and Cedar Elms at Dealey Plaza that witnessed President John F. Kennedy's asssassination are in one of six locations where trees were deemed historic by the Dallas City Council.

'Historic' Trees Designated by City Council

The Dallas City Council designated nearly 100 trees throughout the city as "historic" during its Wednesday meeting.

Six locations are now home to “historic trees” as defined in the Dallas City Code, according to a resolution passed unanimously by council members. These six locations include the following:

  • The Post Oak Grove at Pioneer Park
  • The Big Tree Grove at Moore Park
  • The Live Oaks and Cedar Elms at Dealey Plaza Grove
  • The Big Spring Bur Oak at the Big Spring Historic Overlay
  • The Cherokee Park Tree at Dallas Heritage Park
  • The California Crossing Comanche Marker Tree

This item was highlighted during Wednesday’s meeting by Council Member Jaynie Schultz (District 11).

“I hope this is a trend we do throughout the city,” she said.

Vision North Texas 2050 is a report completed in 2010 that offers a blueprint for sustainable development.
The twelve principles of development excellence and alternative sustainable growth scenarios can be found in Vision North Texas 2050 report.

The owner of Arborilogical Services, Inc. wrote an Opinion article that was featured in the Editorial section of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, January 8, 2023. Mr. Houser used the opportunity to reintroduce the public to Vision North Texas 2050 (VNT). In 2005, he was a member of the VNT Board of Advisors, a diverse group of community leaders who spent several years developing the twelve principles for development excellence and alternative sustainable growth scenarios to accommodate a growing population with increased housing and transportation needs.

Rather than business as usual and the continued unsustainable layout patterns of urban sprawl, VNT recommended developments with a mix of residential and retail within walking distance to public parks, outdoor recreational opportunities, and public transportation.

Unfortunately, no one is paying attention to VNT 2050 and we continue catering to developers and creating urban communities in areas previously considered rural or country. These communities are not sustainable or ecologically healthy. We need to adhere to the twelve principles as outlined in the VNT report.

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