Skip to comments.A Somerville Tree Saga: Redefining Private Property (Barf)
Posted on 01/21/2014 1:42:02 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
This time around, I don't want to talk about airlines, airports or airplanes.
I want to talk about trees.
That's right, trees. Specifically, I want to talk about the decision made by a Somerville neighbor of mine to fell an old, beautiful, and perfectly healthy tree because it was "in the way" of his backyard improvement project -- in the process adversely affecting the quality of life for me and several of my neighbors.
Is it crazy or un-American to suggest that, at a certain point, a tree is no longer one person's private property per se, and belongs to the community? And at that point, should the property owner be restricted as to what he or she may do with said tree?
I first started asking these questions seven or eight years ago...
So, ultimately this is a debate about private property. But what is private property?
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
This guy needs to move to a place with larger lots/fields.
Buy a portable sawmill and offer to cut it up for free....
I live in Shoreline, just north of Seattle, where we can still cut down our own trees.
But in Seattle proper, about ten years ago the city made it illegal for property owners to cut down their own trees without permission.
Actually, where I live and where the neighbors behind me have some view over my property to Puget Sound, they would be ecstatic if I cut down all my trees. Probably believe that they should have the right to cut down all my trees.
His property, his tree. Butt out.
(Go plant one of your own.
They probably want the trees to be “community property” as long as they are healthy and provide nice shade. But as soon as the trees drop a branch or two, they will go back to being “private property”. Life in the mind of a liberal. What’s yours is ours until it is a problem, then it is yours again AND I still have the right to tell you what to do with it.
Waah waah wahh. I live here and should have a say in what everyone does on their private property. Why dont you just plant your own trees? Or are they too messy and attract squirrels? You dont own their ;and and until you do they can do what they want. Maybe they were offended with your Obama lawn sign in 2008 and 2012. Did they make you take it down, NO, they were polite and just let it be. They figured if you wanted to display your stupidity to the world on your property it is your business.If you dont like it MOVE! Dont make people change for you.
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SPOT ON including the glasses and homosexuality.
This masshole has even more stupid than initially thought. He added to this pitiful screed “Comments to this story seem to be harping on the fact that I’m a renter and not an owner; that neither property involved in this story belongs to me. I fail to see how or why that matters in the greater context of my argument. It feels to me like a loophole-ish way of invalidating my points. - PS”
I certainly hope he is not pontificating from his neighboring house made out of **wood.**
The rules are the same here (Victoria B.C.). In recent years, there have been several instances of illegal tree cutting, and tree-poisoning (on other people’s property) by view-seeking neighbours. Having a clear view of the ocean adds tens of thousands of dollars to the property value. Perhaps your neighbours would make you an offer.
In California my neighbor had a big tree that blocked my view of the water. His property, his tree, but I sure wished it was gone, then within a year it died and he cut it down. Prayer works.
Yes, Patrick you ignorant slut, it is crazy or un-American...
(with props to Dan Aykroyd).
Is it crazy or un-American to suggest that, at a certain point, a tree is no longer one person’s private property per se, and belongs to the community?
Yes, it is.
And at that point, should the property owner be restricted as to what he or she may do with said tree?
If you restrict someone’s use of their property, you owe them recompense. So, if you loved that tree on HIS PROPERTY so much, and want him to keep it, PAY HIM.
Larry Ellison poisoned a neighbors trees a few years ago for the view. Also, Dan Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, got a ‘special’ permit to cut down trees that were on Park property so he could get a better view of the Potomac River.
For the good of the 'hood and all.
I know my HOA don’t want me to do things with my yard, but I knew it when we bought the house. If I didn’t have a HOA and my neighbor wants to cut down a tree, it is not my property. He (my neighbor) is conservative, too.
If I were the author’s neighbor,I’d be working on plans to get him gone.
I've been told I can have them pruned on my side, but can't really imagine how that would work out well for the trees. I talked to the neighbor about going in on pruning (which would be somewhat expensive) and he was willing to talk, but then he sold the place, the new people living there are renters and I've not been able to talk to the owner.
Trees are just frustrating sometimes, but that's life.
[ “in the process adversely affecting the quality of life for me and several of my neighbors. “
This guy needs to move to a place with larger lots/fields. ]
Or he needs his own Ox gored....
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