Gerardo Mendez cleans the sidewalk beneath jacaranda trees that blanket Del Mar Boulevard from Arroyo Parkway to South Lake Avenue in Pasadena. He says the trees are beautiful and that he does not mind the cleanup. The trees are a selling point for real estate agents hoping to woo new residents to jacaranda-laden properties in a region synonymous with the concrete jungle.
Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
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