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City saves trees after neighbors protest | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 30 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 28, 2011, titled City saves trees after neighbors protest | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Neighbors Evan Davis, left, and Roger Deal stopped a city crew from cutting down this tree and two others on Friday.

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outside 270

Reynoldsburg, OH

#1 Jul 28, 2011
Trees everywhere bough to Misters Davis and Deal.
Pre Mayor of Pickerington

Westerville, OH

#2 Jul 28, 2011
Now this is what makes America GREAT! Standing up for what you believe in. Questioning authority. Good for you, North Campus residents!
Indian Laker

United States

#3 Jul 28, 2011
How much you wanna bet that the next big wind storm that goes through that area brings at least one of those trees down?
Just someone who cares

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 28, 2011
Thanks for saving the trees. 100 years of growth, imagine what those treees have seen in their life time. And we can destroy them in a matter of a few hours. And if you had a million dollars in your back pocket you couldn't replace them in your life time or your grandkids lifetime. Sometimes we need to stop and think for a minute before we just go along with the game plan. Thanks for thinking and standing up and saying something.
BUCKEYE BOB

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 28, 2011
it was a pink paradise and they put up a parking lot
geubux

Troy, OH

#7 Jul 28, 2011
The efficiency when gubamint and unions work together...cut down and bulldoze EVERYTHING to make a ramp for Jerry's kids.

AND never, NEVER, let common sense in the picture!!!
DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 28, 2011
Come on City of Columbus! If you could avoid cutting down trees you should, after all doesn't the city pride itself on being green?
Ben Dover

Seymour, IL

#9 Jul 28, 2011
I get such a kick out of this. I find it funny when two special interest groups go head to head. In this case ADA federal mandates vs. tree huggers.

However, the designers should be able to figure out a way to meet the ADA standards on this without taking trees.
4boysmom

Marysville, OH

#10 Jul 28, 2011
Too bad Old Sawmill couldn't save our red maples. Nope. Just bulldoze 'em down for sidewalk ramps. Anyone notice how these stupid ramps are not lined up? I'd like to see how someone in a wheelchair actually navigate it.
Stihl saw

Athens, OH

#11 Jul 28, 2011
geubux wrote:
The efficiency when gubamint and unions work together...cut down and bulldoze EVERYTHING to make a ramp for Jerry's kids.
AND never, NEVER, let common sense in the picture!!!
Bulldoze what bud? Removing three trees isn't exactly deforestation, city has a job to do. I love trees, but some things (like wheelchair access) might be more important to someone's safety down the road. It sounds like there is one majestic 100+ yr old oak at risk (sad) and two ornamentals. They weren't identified, but the ornamentals are replacable.
historylover

Zanesville, OH

#12 Jul 28, 2011
The ADA legislation and over-enactment has caused a lot of problems especially for small business owners-- it needs to be scaled back.
Smokey

Toledo, OH

#13 Jul 28, 2011
The city's forester is a dope and should be beaten with lumber until he leaves town.

There was a 300 year old cottonwood tree on my street that towered over all the other trees in the area. It had withstood storms and lightning strikes but whne the city decided to install a storm drain to move water that gathered in my neighbor's backyard during heavy rains, the tree was chopped to bits. The drain wasn't requested by residents, the city spotted standing water from the air and decided it had to be dealt with. This storm drain doesn't work particularly well as water still stands after heavy rains.

So the city destroyed a beautiful tree everybody enjoyed and wasted thounsands of dollars on a project that didn't accomplish anything.
Tree Hugger

Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 28, 2011
A feel good feeling. Who wouldn't want to save a 100 yr old oak. Great job of speaking up!! If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
HackSaw

Rockford, IL

#15 Jul 28, 2011
I think they are pretty safe. I have had a blue X on one of mine for a year and a half. The whole neighborhood is full of trees that need removed. This is one of the worst departments in the city government although sub-contractors do most of the work. A little less focus on parks and fountains and more on the neighborhoods and infrastructure would be nice Mr. Coleman.
Paul Not Paublo

Thornville, OH

#16 Jul 28, 2011
If the trees did not have to be removed, why was the city going to spend the money to remove them?
William Tell

Fremont, OH

#17 Jul 28, 2011
Good job for saving the trees. It has always baffled me how this country equates cutting down trees with progress. What's even worse is when they come in and cut down a large native tree and replace it with some imported tree.
OhioansAreRude

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 28, 2011
Glad so many can make fun of people with disabilities and use the term "Jerry's Kids" in a derogatory manner. I truly hope none of you ever have a family member who is in a wheelchair or has some sort of disability that affects their coordination and motor skills.

I'm sure many of you call yourselves "Christians" without ever truly knowing or following the tenants of Christ and the Bible. I'm pretty sure there is a whole section about how to treat your neighbor and last I checked it didn't make mention of making fun of those who are disabled.

In regards to the trees, I'm glad they could save them and find a solution that works for all parties involved.
ADA

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 28, 2011
Funny thing about these ramps... in my neighborhood (Short North) they did and even re-did all of the ramps, at GREAT COST. But some of the sideways are so uneven and unlevel that no-one in a wheelchair could possibly navagate on the sidewalk. So tyically, you see the motorized scooter chair drivers riding down the STREET in traffic!

That ADA ramp rule it too narrow or applied w/o thought. It should consider whether any given sidewalk can support wheelchair passage in the first place before bothering to install the ramps. A lot of ramps are never used.
Sniper

New York, NY

#20 Jul 28, 2011
I'm all for handicap accessibility to public buildings, but it shouldn't have to be on every side street and every crosswalk. We're throwing billions at sidewalk ramps nationwide, most of which will never see a wheelchair, while much of the rest of our infrastructure crumbles.
i wish

Coal Center, PA

#21 Jul 28, 2011
Just someone who cares wrote:
Thanks for saving the trees. 100 years of growth, imagine what those treees have seen in their life time. And we can destroy them in a matter of a few hours. And if you had a million dollars in your back pocket you couldn't replace them in your life time or your grandkids lifetime. Sometimes we need to stop and think for a minute before we just go along with the game plan. Thanks for thinking and standing up and saying something.
I am glad they did not cut these trees. However, you are giving him, his child and grandchild a short lifespan.

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