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City May Remove Trees For Baltimore Grand Prix
December 20, 2010, 1:37 am
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City May Remove Trees For Baltimore Grand Prix

Grandstands under installment near trees for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Baltimoreans are split on their take on the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix.  However, most residents would likely agree that removing trees out of convenience for a one-time weekend event is unacceptable, but that seems exactly what organizers intend to do.

Last week the Baltimore Business Journal released an article stating that “the group planning the event wants to uproot about 100 trees to make way for grandstands along the two-mile course.”  Since then, the Downtown Partnership has claimed the BBJ article regarding the trees was wrong, but have nonetheless failed to clarify the fate of the trees.  In fact, the rebuttal of the Downtown Partnership seems only to support the article…

“The Grand Prix has asked to remove numerous trees along Pratt Street, and, in response, we’ve been working with the city and the Grand Prix on a plan to preserve trees where possible and to adopt a strategy for replacing trees or adding other types of landscaping.”

Note the “where possible” portion of the statement.  Doesn’t that suggest the Downtown Partnership is open to the removal of trees for the Grand Prix?  How do you think folks would respond if Denis Whiting wanted to remove trees on The Avenue for Honfest?

According to the Daily Record, “Great races and trees are not incompatible. Even though a million people gather to see the final day of the Tour de France, it is inconceivable that the City of Paris would mow down the trees on the Champs Elysees to allow better viewing of the race. Photographs of the Grand Prix de Monaco show that grandstands and mature trees can live together — some of the grandstands are built around trees.”

If the organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix do not have the ingenuity to integrate grandstands and trees, how can we expect them to safely orchestrate a nearly 200 mile per hour downtown car race?

Please contact the Downtown Partnership an let them know that  you do not support the removal of trees for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
217 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410)244-1030
info@dpob.org

Sources:
– Baltimore Business Journal: City to clear trees for Indy Grand Prix
– Downtown Partnership President says BBJ’s editorial on Pratt St. trees wrong
– Daily Record: Editorial Advisory Board: First … let’s kill all the trees

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