Cut off from the glitz and glamour of Palm Springs and in the shadow of 60-foot Tamarisk trees, lay the historically Black Lawrence Crossley neighborhood. Planted to line the 14th fairway of a City-owned golf course, the trees have become the focal point of frustration and animosity for some local residents, who see the trees as an enduring symbol of redlining. For decades, residents have been forced to put up with the trees, which are so invasive, they have been officially categorized as a pest by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Until now— when an unlikely activist and recent White transplant, fights the City for the trees' removal—but is his mission as altruistic as it seems?
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