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Tree advocates see hope in recent moves by Burgess and the City Council.
For years the city has been neglecting one of the key elements of urban livability. Now, with development booming, experts are concerned and activists are demanding that it take the issue seriously.
Money from the sale of the Myers Parcel in West Seattle was earmarked to alleviate homelessness.
The city set ambitious goals for parks and open space in the mid-2000s, but it is now retreating.