Mexico City says goodbye to iconic palm tree

STORY: The palm tree has been in Paseo de la Reforma avenue for a little over 100 years.

Mexico City locals bid their last farewell to the historic landmark by playing music, holding hands and taking pictures.

“It's very sad but we welcome these changes (and I hope they replace the palm tree) with something that will be a landmark in the city,” said Karen Arias, who came to get a final look before the tree was removed.

Mexico City's Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told journalists it was necessary to cut down the iconic landmark.

''Despite the fact we intervened with specialists, under these conditions we couldn't save it and the dead palm tree cannot stay here because it could be a threat for the population,'' she said.

The local government is holding a consultation for citizens to decide what type of tree will replace the palm tree at the roundabout.

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