By Lyle Macpherson ABC News | December 31, 2017 12:17:16For nearly a century, Christmas trees have been in the New Jersey State House in State House Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The building was built in 1869, and the tree stands as the only one in the city.
But it has become the subject of a fierce debate in the state as the city grapples with homelessness and the issue of homelessness in general.
The debate has centered on whether or not to allow the tree to be kept in its current location.
The city has made a number of changes to the building to address the issue.
It has removed a wall in front of the building and is planning to install a solar roof.
The city is also working on installing a snow plow in front.
The tree, which dates back to the late 1800s, has become a symbol of homelessness.
It is also a major tourist attraction in the region.
But the issue has caused controversy in Philadelphia and beyond.
“I would be surprised if there are people in the community that are not very happy with the decision,” said resident Michael Leventhal.
The problem is, Philadelphi is one of the wealthiest communities in the country.
According to a 2016 survey by the University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia ranked as the nation’s wealthiest city.
In 2017, the median household income in Philadelphia was $67,636.
The building has also become a source of contention, with many residents calling for its removal.
“When I first moved here in 1996, I thought that was great, that it was a nice place to live, a nice city,” said Leventham.
“But as time has passed, I have learned that there is not a lot of happiness in that community.”
The debate over the tree’s future has caused some to question the city’s decision to build it.
“The tree is a symbol for homelessness, it’s not a good symbol for Philadelphia,” said Councilman Brian Jones.
“There are so many homeless people that are living in the same neighborhood as this building.
It’s a public safety issue, and that’s what needs to be addressed,” said Philadelpha resident Jeff Mardell.
“I can’t imagine that people would be happy with a homeless tree in their backyard.”
Councilwoman Jessica Scarpinato said that while she is disappointed in the council’s decision, she is happy to see it be debated.
“We should be able to have conversations about what the city should do and why we’re doing it, and it’s important for all of us to be part of that discussion,” she said.
“This is a community that is in crisis.
We need to come together and make sure we are able to address that.”
But Philadelpers aren’t the only ones who are questioning the decision.
The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has also expressed concerns about the issue, calling it a “disturbing” one.
“Our city has seen a steep increase in homelessness and displacement of families,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement.
“The Philadelpean Tree of Hope should be a symbol that our community is a welcoming, accepting place for everyone.”
Philadelphias mayor also said the city is taking a different approach than some cities.
“Some of the community have questioned the wisdom of a tree that is so much bigger than the building itself, but we believe it is in keeping with the spirit of Philadelphia,” he said.
“If we’re going to keep this tree, it should be one that has a great deal of public awareness and recognition,” he added.
“And we should do everything we can to make sure that it is a successful project.”
The council is expected to vote on the issue on December 26.