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DEVELOPMENT: Destroying Evergreen beauty

Letter by Dennis Bell, Bonney Lake on June 1, 2010 at 9:52 am with 8 Comments »
June 1, 2010 9:52 am

I am ashamed that the selfish needs of a few jeopardize the beauty and environmental well-being of the majority. It is a disgrace that a few misguided public officials approved the avaricious wishes of real estate interests for what they call “development” or “progress” when it is truly destruction and carnage. What I am writing about is the eyesore at the rim of the valley right in front of those traveling east through Sumner down State Route 410.

A few years ago I took pride in describing the tall pristine line of conifers that rimmed this part of the valley to my friends visiting from across the country. Now I am ashamed of the barren area that will soon to be marred with homes. It is truly dismaying that when one views the rim of the valley that it is only the Pierce County and Bonney Lake area which has the wide swiping areas where trees have been wantonly cleared. Certainly this is not progress in a world that more than ever needs to focus on aesthetics and sustainability.

Growth may need to occur but not at the expense of the namesake for the Evergreen State.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. MarksonofDarwin says:

    People need to live somewhere.
    I know that’s trite…but c’mon.
    Sorry your peaceful view and way of living is being disrupted. Happens all the time. That’s life.
    I should know. My neighbors down the hill from me are allowing their trees to grow so tall, as to block part of my view.
    Maybe I’ll write a letter to the editor and explain how greedy and selfish these people are….Rawr!

  2. Exactly MOD. I hate this new blog format that I can’t “recommend” your comment.

    If you don’t want to see the trees taken down, buy the property and preserve it yourself. I agree it looks ugly, but I also recognize the rights of the property owner to do what they wish, within the law, with their property.

  3. MoD and fragile both get a recommend from me…

  4. donjames says:

    A bump from me too. And I would add that the same folks who bemoan development inside designated growth spheres were also likely enthusiastic supporters of the Growth Management Act that created them.

    As Mod stated, people have to have somewhere to live, and the social engineers in olympia and seattle worship population density – even if it means a few innocent urban trees must be martyred.

  5. Volks253 says:

    There is no development happening where the trees were cut, they were just clear cut and it is an eye sore.
    Of course it would be worse covered with McManisons no one can afford.

  6. johnearl says:

    Have you ever asked yourself, “How many trees were taken down in order to build the house I live in?”

  7. aislander says:

    MoD and Fragile said it…

  8. deucecoupe51 says:

    June 03,2010- Hello? I was given the story that the stripping of the trees on the hillsides facing Highway 410 were due to Corliss Bros buying up the land and turning it into a mega gravel pit………… So what’s the true story here. Between the rumors that Sumner city government is selling out to a Chemical Plant owner wanting to locate near the public library and a mega gravle pit being developed I’m wondering just how smart it was to buy a home here in town. Yes I have to look at the stripped hillside out of my living room window and I’m just sick about it. Progress? Not really!

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