Portland? Portland, Oregon? Has there been a mix-up, somewhere?
The tree at the center of the controversy is a giant sequoia that stands about 120 feet tall and measures 18 feet around. It’s one of a couple dozen giant sequoias in Pier Park, but the only one on the chopping block.
Park visitors have already pinned up a little memorial on the tree’s trunk asking the city to reconsider. The problem is that the tree sits in the way of a major project, according to Portland Parks and Recreation officials.
The city is building a ten-mile long pedestrian and bike trail called the North Portland Greenway. Once completed, the trail will connect North Portland to downtown. Plans call for a bridge to be built over a set of railroad tracks, and according to the city, that sequoia tree is in the way.
OK, I admit that I don’t like the Greenies very much, but I would have thought that they could be relied upon to THROW THEIR BODIES BETWEEN A BULLDOZER AND A GIANT SEQUOIA TREE. Seriously, isn’t this sort of thing like porn to them?
Oh, right: bike path. Guess that’s more important than a tree. Despite the fact that the tree does something useful, and the bike path probably won’t.
— jeffery reynolds (@ChargerJeff) February 21, 2013