ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Uproar over a tree continues in an Albuquerque neighborhood.
"We had a beautiful vibrant tree that matched two other trees that are across the street, and the community misses it," longtime Nob Hill resident Doug Lopez said.
A new store owner on Central Ave. had the nearly ten-year-old Chinese Pistachio tree cut down a week ago. A Nob Hill neighbor snapped a photo of two men cutting down the tree, which was property of the city. News of the tree's demise spread quickly on Duke City Fix and then on Facebook.
The owner of Savvy Boutique then had another tree planted out front-- a Mountain Ash Tree-- that was recommended by a local nursery.
Lopez told KRQE News 13, the tree isn't an adequate replacement.
"People are thinking we're making a big deal about this, and we are because we put a lot of effort into making Nob Hill look the way it does," Lopez said. "I've been here 21 years and I guarantee you, 21 years ago it didn't look like this."
David Sanchez owns Savvy Boutique, which is set to open Monday. Sanchez said he's been in touch with the city about planting another Chinese Pistachio tree out front.
"Whatever tree they want us to plant, we'll go ahead," Sanchez said. "We're just trying to make good. We had no foul intentions when it came to cutting down the tree, and now we would just like to make it good."