You get rid of the trees (which had been there probably for decades) …

Panorama depuis Vennes sur Sallaz, Sauvabelin et le lac Léman « avant » et « après » l'abattage des arbres juste dessous notre fenêtre

… therefore without a whiff of respect for the genius loci (Latin expression which means the ‘unique character of a place’) …

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[I am sure that it would have been easy to preserve some trees by incorporating them into the overall design of the place.]

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… then, almost  so as to come to terms with your guilty conscience, you plan to plant a few trees here and there, totally at odds with the genius loci!

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The reason for this is simple, greed — as is made clear by this hoarding (billboard in US English) which is promoting a block of flats to be built in the vicinity (on the other side of the main road, to be precise – see the far left of the picture below).

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And instead of going for higher rise blocks, you decide to cover the whole area with blocks of no more than six storeys: what a judicious use of the space available to the urban planners of Lausanne!

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