Residents in Mesa, Arizona are fighting to prevent AT&T from constructing a camouflaged cellular tower that looks like a palm tree. The Federal Communications Commission in October ordered AT&T to “plant” the tower in a vacant lot in a residential neighborhood of East Mesa. The tower is meant to provide additional service coverage for the community. AT&T plans to disguise the 70ft tower as a palm tree in order to look less obtrusive.
“We live in a residential area of one-story homes, and our nearby commercial area has buildings with a maximum height of 30 feet,” David M. Brown, a six-year Mesa resident, told AOL Real Estate. “They say they want to contextualize this palm-tree tower by putting three or four actual palm trees around it. But real palm trees aren’t anywhere near 70 feet tall, and [it would] take years before they’d reach that height. It would literally tower above the community.”