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Wireless facilities When Stealth Wireless Goes Bad

Zoning Goddess

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I think it's hilarious. As Habanero said, who's checking these plans??? Friday night I took my 10-year old to soccer tryouts. While we were trapped in the car, waiting for the usual FL p.m. thundershower to go away, I was explaining to him why I knew that the very wide flagpole between soccer fields, with equipment building below, was a cell tower. The only time they can disguise those things is to put them in an already normal structure, like a church steeple.
 

Trail Nazi

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Zoning Goddess said:
The only time they can disguise those things is to put them in an already normal structure, like a church steeple.
The church steeple ones do look really good if it is done correctly. You definitely can not tell that a cell tower is there as a church steeple.

That picture of the tower is pretty terrible.
 

Jeff

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Those "trees" are up and down the PA turnpike.... dumbest things I've ever seen :(
 

BCF

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Oh heck, I've got pictures of far worse ones than that - If I can figure out how to get a picure on here, I'll offer a couple. At least it's got branches all the way down. But this is the reason that the wireless ordinance I finished with at the end of April considers all faux trees to be high visibility and requires a use permit - you just can't tell what the quality of them is going to be.

=Bob
 

carlomarx

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consider the alternative...

I saw a few of these a few years ago when I lived in LA... One was stuck in with a bunch of other trees, and it didn't look too bad. This one looks stoopid because it's all by its onesome. Honestly, they could have tried to position it a LITTLE better.

BTW, I'd rather have fake cellphone trees tucked in amongst other trees than clear-cutting paths across wilderness for landlines. Amen?
 

Greenescapist

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Am I the only person who never notices cell towers? I spend a lot time outside, too, in the city, suburbs and mountains. Their green plastic trees have me fooled. The tree in that picture was hideous, though!
 

JNA

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before putting up something like that
how about encouraging co-location?
one of the better examples around here was on a light tower at ball stadium.
 

ecofem

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There is one of these tree cell towers in Winter Park, Florida... where sequoias are quite common... you can't even notice it ;)
 

michaelskis

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Right now, some one from Earth First or Green Peace is going... WHAT THE HECK IS THAT.... I am not sure what it is, but there is no way that is a tree...

*On the PA turnpike, I have noticed more than a few of thoes... the first time I seen one, a just about loss control of my car as my mind started trying to figure out why some one would let that happen.
 

j_deuce

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PlannerGirl said:
I thought some of them were pretty darn good
From the pictures, I'm inclined to agree. But in reality, i get the feeling they're a bit less realistic...
 

H

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Realistic = no,

Step in the right direction = yes.

Trail and error, trail and error. At least there are people trying to disguise, it is better than the scary looking silver ones.

*and I have seen some good ones.
 

BCF

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j_deuce said:
From the pictures, I'm inclined to agree. But in reality, i get the feeling they're a bit less realistic...
Some are some aren't. Larson makes the things so you're going to see their best examples, but it all depends on how much a wireless company wants to spend. The really ugly ones are the more or less "off the rack" trees.

=Bob
 

j_deuce

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rcf said:
it all depends on how much a wireless company wants to spend.
Therein lies the rub. Also, I think it's probably a bit easier to make a fake saguaro on the cheap than it is to get a realistic fir tree, even if you're willing to spend lots of cash (which, of course, cell providers are not).
 

Plannerbabs

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The silver ones are almost less intrusive because we've all gotten more or less used to them (which is not to say I'm not shocked by the 200'-some foot thing on our beltway each time I see it). The trees, though...it's like a Monty Python skit or something, "Guess which tree is hiding the cell tower." Poor squirrels. Huge trees, and not a single pine cone.
 

j_deuce

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Plannerbabs said:
Poor squirrels. Huge trees, and not a single pine cone.
For my part, I wonder what happens when a cactus wren tries to burrow into a fake saguaro. That's GOTTA hurt!
 

BKM

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Not THAT bad, but the single pine tree in the middle of an oak forest looks pretty wierd.
 
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