148 old-growth trees in the Manheim Neighborhood of Kansas City have been condemned to cutting in order to put in new sidewalks, without proper identification or notification to residents. After getting the news media involved, the City showed up to announce that there had been a mistake in procedure. The trees identified by the Contractor with an Orange X was supposed to be reviewed by the Foresty Department of the City to see what trees can be preserved. They put a halt on the cutting until that reveiw was done... But, on the week of September 17, cutting was resumed.
Not only do residents of the neighborhood oppose and feel they were uninformed about the tree cutting, but there is also outrage over the fact that this neighborhood falls within a federally-funded Green Impact Zone:
"The Green Impact Zone initiative is an effort to concentrate resources — with funding, coordination, and public and private partnerships — in one specific area to demonstrate that a targeted effort can literally transform a community. This national model for place-based investment is now underway in the heart of Kansas City's urban core."
Representative Emmanuel Cleaver II is responsible for getting the Green Impact Zone Federal Stimulus money, and we want to see him follow through with this project. We are requesting that Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II encourage the City of KC Public Works Department to give a Moratorium for 30 Days on the public meeting (arranged by City of KC and Green Impact Zone) set for September 21 at 3-5:30pm and the installation of sidewalks and cutting down of trees in the Manheim Neighborhood for these reasons:
1. Not Enough Proper Consideration for the Impact on the Cultural, Historical, Environmental, Safety and Economics of the Neighborhood and City.
2. Not Sufficient Time for Research and Investigation
3. Not Enough Information
4. More Transparency in the Process
Please sign this petition to support the moratorium on tree cutting and encourage the City to consider other alternatives to tree-eating sidewalks!