Tree removal exposes old architecture in need of repair

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) With the trees gone, downtown Twin Falls is a lot more open, but for some, "open" feels more like "exposed."

"You kind of turn onto the street, and it's kind of a shock at first because you realize something's missing,” said Liyah Babayan, the owner of Oh La La boutique. “And then you realize it's the trees."

We've had about three weeks to get used to it, but it’s not quite the same without the trees.

"We've had lots of customers that have come in not happy that the trees have been cut down," said Paul Graff, owner of Twin Beans Coffee.

Without the trees, people started to notice how old the town is and what could use a little fixing.

"The first day we drove by, we were like wow,” said Robert Myrland, the owner of the Twin Falls Grocery and Bakery building. “So we will be working on the front, putting on the windows that need to be put back in as well as repainting it.”

It’s not all bad news, though. Some of the buildings, like Myrland’s, have been standing since the early 1900s. With the trees out of the way, the early architecture is fully exposed.

"They're wonderful buildings,” Myrland said. “They have character. They have history."

So maybe the reveal is worth it, or at least will be after the renovation.

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