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Ho Chi Minh City lumberjacks aim saws at stunning downtown allée
By Thanh Hai - Tan Cu - Thanh Nien News -
Ho Chi Minh City plans to clear a majestic allée of nearly 100 mahogany trees on Ton Duc Thang Street to make way for a bridge connecting Districts 1 and 2.
Ton Duc Thang is considered one of the most beautiful boulevards in Vietnam's southern metropolis thanks largely in part to its massive canopy of trees.
The Thu Thiem 2 bridge will connect a new development area on the opposite side of the river to the city’s center. It will empty out precisely where the trees stand. District 2 is already connected to the city downtown by the Saigon River Tunnel and Thu Thiem 1 Bridge that runs to Binh Thanh District.
The plan has stricken many city dwellers with nostalgia and misgivings--particularly since the city abruptly denuded the heart of District 1 of trees in July to make way for the country's first subway station.
The last remaining trees in the area were felled on Nguyen Hue Street, Thursday morning, to make way for the station. Photos: Doc Lap

Many trees felled were 50-60 centimeters in diameter.


 The trees are cut in pieces, starting with the top.

 The trunks were then sawn into segments.

Shops along the street now exposed to harsh sunlight.

Nostalgic commuters look on as municipal workers fell the last of the trees on Nguyen Hue Street.


Trunks being sawed into smaller pieces before being carried away.


The tree felling was witnessed by numerous foreign visitors.

An office workers walk crosses a street that now seems more vacant than ever.


The barren Nguyen Hue.