Posts tagged ‘development’

July 15, 2014

Where are the hyacinths?

I have just read the Southwest Journal’s article on Linden Crossing:

As expected, the height variance to five stories was approved by the committee over majority opinion in Linden Hills. Diversity is not what is happening here. Higher density in the lakes area means higher taxes, higher rents, and richer clients. In order to afford the cost of living, “diversity” will move out. Retired folks on fixed incomes, people living humbly, young families with limited resources … will not be able to live in Linden Hills reasonably. The future has arrived!

As usual, money prevails … money that requires higher populations to make more money. We will have our higher density, our restaurants and entertainment, our city to “brag” about. We will have our party town. Money to burn mowing school lawns and renovating school buildings in the richer communities, money to build another stadium, capital improvements for our orchestra, renovations to the Nicollet Mall with open air staircases (during winter months?), a light rail tunnel between two lakes in the water-logged area between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles. They will be draining the water table in that wetland as they are continuing to do in Linden Hills with ongoing development.  As an added note, this water is drained into city sewers …. The drama goes on.

Eventually … there will be no space for a tree, not the size that lined our beautiful boulevards and the lakes when I came to Minneapolis. Progress, I guess.  Hyacinths for the soul anyone?

July 12, 2014

The Spirit Tree

There was a white pine, as there were so many long ago. It stood straight and tall, sheltering animals of all kinds including the people who stopped to get out of the hot sun and cold winter winds. The needles soft and green would, in autumn, turn reddish brown and fall upon the earth mulching the ground around. The birds would make their nests and perch to sing in its branches. The squirrels made their nests as well.

After it had stood for 50 years with no complaint, one day the city came by to tell its owner to cut the branches, that they were a nuisance unless 7 feet above the sidewalk. To comply, the owner cut these branches for the first time.

There was a sawhet owl one night over the mailbox looking over this owner as she came home in the wee hours after work. There were others, hawks and eagles that stopped to rest in its branches and snow geese that rested in the yard on their migration south.

In 2012 on the Friday before Father’s Day, as the Lake Harriet Lower Campus prepared to build an addition, a trailer was placed in the parking lot of the school to mark the beginnings of a project that was to last until summer months of 2013, while rain came pouring down. It was that Sunday that the pine was struck with what appeared to be lightning out of the blue gray gentle rain.

After two years, the white pine has weakened. It struggled to heal as the owner had branches trimmed that died from the strike. Still growing and green until the effects of this last harsh winter dealt the final blow. Contract for removal was made after school was dismissed for safety reasons and until it could be determined that the pine would not survive.  Within a week of this the city sent a nuisance complaint.

Goodbye old friend. We will miss you in Linden Hills!

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