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CHS Pics | Goodbye crooked tree of Broadway

(Image:  Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

IMG_1523The big ol’ leaning tree of Broadway is gone. Here are images from Saturday as a work crew removed the more than 30-year-old Raywood ash with what the city arborist called a n increasingly concerning lean. The pictures are a bit of a bummer — our contributors couldn’t bear to show you the now empty spot where the old tree stood. You might prefer to remember it this way. A Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson tells CHS a new tree will be planted in its place. It might even be another Raywood, we’re told. More goodbye images, below.

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20 thoughts on “CHS Pics | Goodbye crooked tree of Broadway

  1. sad and glad all at the same time. it was scary walking under that tree, but it also felt like home having it there.

  2. It certainly sucks to see this tree go, but it was unavoidable. Since it was only 30 years old, a new tree of the same variety would eventually fill the same space.

    • Well, even if I didn’t live north of Republican I’d be in the area because two of the best restaurants in the city (IMO) are in the block north of Mercer. I’m more likely to avoid anything south of Denny, and the bridge-and-tunnel crowd it attracts.

      • Agreed. The north segment of Broadway has seen many great improvements in recent years, and I welcome them….well, at least most of them! Does anyone really miss the old, ugly Safeway with its large parking lot, or the semi-derelict QFC across the street?

  3. Aww, RIP lil buddy. We used to have late night, drunken Taco Bell binges under that tree (back when condo across the street = Taco Bell). I also was leaning against it when I saw Chihuly get out of a van with his wife, mid-argument (random).

  4. I’m sure the city arborist could have done something other than killing that tree.But you know, getting rid of the trees on the Hill is just par for the coursein the ongoing plan to rid the area of anything endearing or with character. Soon all the trees will be gone. But hey, that way they won’t be in the way of construction!

    • I think the City Arborist (Nolan Rundquist) certainly knows a lot more than you do about what can or cannot be done to save a tree. And did you miss the part that there will be a new tree planted there?

    • From the previous article,

      “Saving the tree through supports or other means wasn’t an option given its proximity to the street, sidewalk, and private property”

      Closing off traffic to save a tree wouldn’t have gone over very well with the shops or the neighbors.

  5. I like the first picture with the crow at the top of the tree and the crow at the base; they are the final inspectors of the goings-on in this neighborhood. The fundamental question which hasn’t been addressed is why the tree started leaning in the first place.
    Is there a cavity underground that needs to be filled in? Will the replacement tree lean just the same?

  6. I hit my head on that tree a few times walking to the bus stop. Not sure why someone would begin avoiding north broadway do to its removal. It’s not like it’s being removed to make a new apartment complex. Glad to hear a new replacement is coming. If you were more than 5’5″ it was unfortunately at an angle that could bop you in the head. I hope it’s replaced by a similar breed to keep complaints at a minimum. I will miss you awkward tree!!

    • Having read the story at your link, your obsession with this is starting to seem weirder than the actual event. Perhaps the woman had some embarrassing medical issue that you don’t know about. Who knows. She’s an old woman. Old women can crap themselves at times. Perhaps you’ve shamed her enough.

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