1978: Chopping down Sathorn’s trees

Sathorn's trees face the axe - The Nation, April, 1978
The city administration has made up its mind. The 300-odd trees that adorn Sathorn Road will be chopped down to make way for the construction of Sathorn Bridge.
The decision was made despite strong objections from a handful of environmentalists. The administration had originally planned to transplant 150 of the big trees, some of which were more than 30 years old.
The shade and greenery provided by the trees had made Sathorn one of the city's most eye-pleasing avenues. The process of removing the trees began in the middle of 1979. After the axe job, many said Sathorn lost its character, becoming just another concrete road in the concrete jungle.


(Photo: The Nation, 1979)
Metro Star plans new Sathorn tower - The Nation, July 11, 2005
...Sadly though, Sathorn has lost its beautiful boulevards and canals.
It was once considered the most beautiful part of Bangkok, with large trees lining its canal, at a time when the city was known as the Venice of the East, now lost in the name of progress.
Its old landscape appeared like Wireless Road today, only prettier, with homes of bluebloods and tycoons as well as elegant embassy grounds lining both sides of the canal.
Much of all that has long been lost. And had the US ambassador in the 1970s not object to the cutting down of the tall trees on Wireless, this last scenic strip of old Bangkok would have been degraded as well.
For this very reason, the price of real estate on Wireless today is higher than that on Sathorn.
But as far as concrete jungles go, Sathorn may be revived. Big plans are mapped by many developers to overhaul its grim, concrete look...
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