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Oldest Trees in Central Reykjavík Cut Down

Some of the oldest trees in downtown Reykjavík are currently being cut down to make room for a new building on the corner of Kirkjustraeti and Vonarstraeti which will facilitate operations in relation to Iceland’s Althingi parliament.

“It is terrifying watching this; they are cutting down all the oldest trees in the city center,” Reykjavík citizen Steingrímur Björnsson told 24 Stundir.

“I have worked in the city center since 1960 and then these trees were already here,” Björnsson added. “When this is done, it is no wonder people say the city center is dying.”

City authorities have recently faced criticism for the situation of downtown Reykjavík, graffiti, old houses which are either deteriorating or being demolished and the poor situation of bird life on the Reykjavík pond.

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