What happened to the 39th Street trees?

Business owners on 39th Street and nearby residents met today to protest what they call the butchering of trees along 39th Street near Genessee.

Many of those at the meeting believe Google cut the trees in preparation for hanging line for its fiber network. Shannon Wolf of Rock Candy at 1622 W. 39th said the Asplundh Company cut the trees and said they had been hired by Google.

Google officials confirmed today they have received complaints and are looking into them.

”Trees are so important to Kansas City,” Cynthia Larkin, a nearby business owner said. “They’re part of the Midtown landscape. They’re kind of sacred.”

At the Google Fiber store this afternoon, customer solutions specialist Georgia Dealey said Google was looking into the complaints and would have a statement in the next several days.

Those at the meeting included residents from the Volker and West Plaza neighborhoods as well as business owners.

The Midtown KC Post will have updates on this story as they become available.

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