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The tree was in the way of motorists' vision; the tree politely responded to fix that situation

DAVID F. ASHTON - A limb at a time, this huge old Eastmoreland tree, at the intersection of S.E. 32nd Avenue and Knapp Street, comes down - following its split and collapse. Long an issue for some Eastmoreland neighbors, especially those who live south of Knapp Street, has been a tree on the southwest corner of the intersection at S.E. 32nd.

There are stop signs for east and westbound traffic on Knapp Street; intersecting 32nd Avenue is designated as a "Neighborhood Greenway", complete with "Sharrows" (PBOT road markings that designate a safe and visible place to ride bikes).

"It's been a dangerous intersection for neighbors," remarked a longtime resident of S.E. 32nd Avenue, Kimberly Koehler. "Commuters habitually run the stop signs as they head east and west and, given the acute angle of 32nd Avenue, the large trunk of that tree made it impossible to see if vehicles traveling on Knapp Street were stopped, as drivers entered the intersection."

She has been communicating her concerns about the dangers of the intersection to the city, Koehler told THE BEE, since April of 2018 – suggesting that Portland Traffic Division officers monitor the intersection. "But, I've yet to see a police officer there, or at the almost as dangerous intersection of S.E. 32nd Avenue and Bybee Boulevard," she said.

Now, it appears, the tree itself has solved the problem. The tree split apart – with its limbs falling on a neighbor's house – in early September. The fractured tree has now been removed, a section at a time.

"I'm always sad to see our neighborhood lose a tree – but I characterize this as fate having intervened, after the City of Portland did nothing," Koehler commented.


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