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July 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Houses vs. trees: move the bus wires instead

Electric bus wires should go so houses can move

Editor, The Times:

In the July 9 front-page article headlined “Houses vs. trees,” it wasn’t until deep in the story that we learn the true nature of the conflict. A more accurate headline would have been “Trees vs. electric bus wires.”

A lush overhang of mature trees makes a neighborhood walkable, enhances home values and beautifies the neighborhood and, by extension, the city. These values are not easily quantifiable, but they cannot be replaced. Based on the front-page photograph, those trees are as old as or older than the oldest residents of the street.

Electric bus wires, by contrast, can be removed and replaced relatively easily with no long-term negative impact.

Good city planning requires taking more than one issue into consideration when making important decisions. I encourage the city and Metro to rethink their decision to reject the Denny Way route for moving these houses.

— Sherry Narens, Seattle

Bus wires are the villain in ‘Houses vs. trees’

The “villain” of the story, “Houses vs. trees,” is neither. Neighbors should not be expected to sacrifice a beloved, tranquil canopy of mature growth. Such leafy refuges within our city are invaluable not only to residents but to people driving through the neighborhood. For those who live there, they would come home to face the loss each and every day.

The desire to salvage these homes is also laudable. There was another option, nixed by Metro, to move the home down Denny Way. Overhead wires are replaceable. Trees, and the wonderful refreshment of a leafy canopy, are not — at least for decades.

— Mitzi L. Simmons, Seattle

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