First Pres vs Fisher Park: Round 162

fp-tree-2.jpgfp-tree-1.jpgThey are diseased“, said a man when one of the Fisher Park protesters inquired as to why workers hired by First Presbyterian Church were removing two an ancient oaks across Elm Street from the sanctuary yesterday next to Fisher’s Grille.  “Well, you aren’t looking so good yourself… should I just go get a gun and treat you like those trees?”, quipped the protester.

And so it goes with the latest turf war between one of Greensboro’s oldest congregations and one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

The church did everything by the book.  They hired some arborist to attest to the ill-health of the trees and took that information down to City Hall to attain a Certificate of Appropriateness; the document required in advance of large tree removal in Greensboro’s three historic districts.  But the church apparently didn’t get much ‘buy in’ from its neighbors who took to the streets in protest of the First Pres’ latest efforts at urban removal and neighbor-to-neighbor alienation.

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2 Comments

  1. julie d
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    There’s a sad tree loss on Elm Street this week, the tree removed from Elm and Bessemer leaves a large gap in the tree canopy as will the trees taken down yesterday. Hopefully, new trees will be planted to replace the ones taken down as is recommended in the Historic District Guidelines.

  2. Pierce Egerton
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, I wouldn’t hold my breath.