LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Our youngest reader
Here's a photo of my 22 month old daughter, Elise, reading THE BEE. A newspaper I enjoy reading as well. Thought you'd get a kick out of it.
S.E. 35th Avenue
Trees not saved; new ones planted
It was kind of The Bee to call my unsuccessful effort to save the trees on the Metro-owned Sellwood Gap (south side of railway tracks, between S..E 9th and 11th Avenues) "valiant." But it was never just my campaign; many people in this neighborhood south of Tacoma Street participated to try and rescue that biodiverse urban woodland strip with fruit trees. We had support from across the city, and even as far away as Sheffield, England, and Kathmandu.
Engineers and construction people among us were proposing alternatives to modify the extra-wide pavement and save trees, but Portland Parks & Recreation rushed ahead and cut so many mature trees that they filled a logging truck, then scraped away every other bit of vegetation. The devastation included an apple tree that renowned nature writer Robert MacFarlane called "more a civilization than a single being."
The neighbors here are doing our best to plant a variety of new trees. For mitigation Portland Parks has planted three trees between S.E. 9th and 11th, and a grove of oak and maple saplings on a different lot across the intersection of 9th and Linn Street. They have planted native shrubs on the excavated bank next to the now paved path.
We have always welcomed this safe route for bike riders and walkers to explore our beautiful neighborhood and connect riverside trails to rural pathways. We hope that it will again be shaded by trees in future years.
The Eastmoreland Historic District issueEditor,
Regarding "Eastmoreland 'Historic' vote: Court disqualifies 'trusts'" in the May BEE, Thank you for an informative article.
However, local [homeowner and] developer Tom Brown was given the last word, leaving the impression that opponents of an Eastmoreland Historic District want a more inclusive, diverse neighborhood, while supporters want the opposite. This is absurd, given that every house that's been demolished has been replaced by one or two far more expensive homes. On my street, a 1682 sq. ft. house was sold in 2017 for $577,875 and replaced the following year by a house that sold for $1,200,000.
In my conversations with neighbors, people's positions were straightforward – opponents wanted the freedom to remodel their homes without interference or extra expense, and supporters wanted to protect the neighborhood from needless demolitions. Mr. Brown's assumption of a moral high ground looks a little disingenuous, as property speculation and redevelopment slowly price the middle classes out of Eastmoreland.
Distinction for Cleveland High gradEditor,
Eastmoreland resident Flora Abrams was awarded the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship in May. She is a Cleveland High School senior who will be attending the University of Washington next fall where she plans to study biomedical engineering. Flora is one of Cleveland's most exceptional students, with a strong background in robotics and service commitment. Her enrollment in International Baccalaureate courses during her junior and senior years has conferred advance standing toward her college coursework. She is especially committed to building robotics capabilities among girls, having taught an all-girls Explorer Scouts course on basic programming and electronics, while serving as a student teacher in ChickTech's robotics boot camp. In her sophomore year, Flora founded Here's a Coding Klub (HACK) for girls, to find a supportive environment in which to learn computer coding.Joan Barnesvia e-mail
Thanks from All Saints'Editor,All Saints' Episcopal Church would like to thank Stumptown Style, and owner Paul Liniger and his crew, for donating time and materials for a natural play area! All are welcome to enjoy the space created on the corner of S.E. 40th and Woodstock Avenue.Andria SkornikAll Saints' Episcopal Churchvia e-mail
In the May BEE article "Changes approved for two Inner Southeast church properties", the statement appeared, "In both cases, parishioners have commented to THE BEE that declining attendance had been the motivation for making the change." The statement was accurate in the case of the Christian Science Church property in Westmoreland, but the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood informs us that it is untrue in their case, and that they are selling an unused portion of their property to benefit the community. The statement appeared in the edited version of the story, but was not written by David F. Ashton, the author of the article. THE BEE regrets the error.
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