I Only Work Here

That’s a quote from a man working at the site of a future Beaverton hotel/restaurant combo (click the top left photo below). But even more important I guess, considering twenty or thirty mature trees were sawed down to make room for it, it’s the site of another future car parking lot & driveway.

“Do these trees bring us joy?” I imagine the developers upending this land asking. Should we celebrate and feature them, build our restaurant and hotel grounds around them? No! they must have said, no! Only more cars & driveways bring us joy. Mwahahahaaaa! Who cares about the climate kids, we’ve got moola to make! Just like the 80s, which is approximately when these trees were planted, judging by the number of rings. I think that makes these trees Millennials.

(Wait—climate kids? Who are they? Oh, must be these kids.)

I mean, I could only imagine that was The Developers’ thought process, as I surveyed the stumps and sawdust scattered like entrails. Sorry… too much? “Entrails” takes you right out of the post? I get that. Yeah, trees don’t have guts; that is a bit much.

Maybe these developers just haven’t yet studied the importance of trees in our changing climate. Maybe that should be the city or county or state’s job: make sure developers read that climate-related stuff before they do what’s irreversible. Then they’d know better; we all would. And when we know better, we can do better. Like those Black Friday climate reports tell us we better do.

Or maybe they’re all “just following code.

Anyway.

I’d called the employee over to ask about the fence, that was blocking the walkway.

“Go talk to that guy in the white truck. I only work here, you know.”

“I know,” I said. “I know.”

The next day, they’d moved the fence & unblocked the walkway. So at least there’s that.

All content © Naomi Fast

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