The candidates have slightly differing views about how to move forward with renovation of the Diamond especially when discussion turns to replacing some of its trees.
McDonnell said he would like input from arborists before removing any of the trees that are more than 65 years old. Hoffer is concerned that new trees would not be as majestic. Murphy grudgingly accepts the need to replace the trees.
“I know my wife and a lot of people are upset because they're going to be taking down the trees,” Murphy said. “When something is around for a long period of time, you really get attached to it. Change is difficult for some people, but you have to do these things because the life expectancy of these trees — they're beyond where they should be.”
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