Tuesday, September 13, 2005

crazy drivers

Sept 12
Originally uploaded by dieselboi.
someone was a little tipsy on thursday night on n. interstate. on our trip home from the 3 hour brian jonestown massacre extravaganza, we came upon 3 down trees on n. interstate. it was obvious someone had driven over them and took them out, but yesterday on my walk, i saw how.

it appears they took out tree 1, then missed completely tree 2. the car must have been small enough to fit down the sidewalk between the tree and the water bureau building (scraping it in the process) and then it careened back onto the road, taking out 2 more small trees.

Sept 12
Sept 12
how are they gonna explain that one to mom.


LeLo in NoPo said...

Damn, that's a bummer. I love me some street trees, and that's just sad. Did you hear about the cherry trees around the rose garden/convention center? Evidently they had to take them out because they had been stripped of their limbs and bark. Damn, now that's a total bummer. What the deal with tree haters?!

PDXFoodDude said...

I walked down there over the weekend and couldn't help but what happened to the people in the car. You can't tell if they drove away or what.

The ones by the convention center were removed because some jerkoffs broke them all in half a few months ago. I happened to walk by the next day.

brett said...

talk about tree haters - check out the work on nw 4th ave in chinatown. they took out very mature healthy trees and are putting in "asian" trees. not sure what justifies cutting down big trees.

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