Makes me wanna polish up my credit cards & go shopping--NOT!
Then he passed around some lovely pictures of the retaining wall Simon proposes.
Here's another picture. These are pictures that these savvy shoppers with dreams of endless bargains will see. They'll wonder why in the world us trail runners and mountain bikers are raising a stink.
Remember the picture Colin posted from the western leg of the Snake Trail? Here is what we'll get to see.
This is supposed to be the wall as viewed from about halfway down the pipeline trail. It's cute how road bikes are leisurely pedaling up what is a steep incline on a dirt road. And no helmets!! This is their idea of camouflage the wall. Perfectly spaced large trees near the top and hundreds of saplings in between whatever existing trees they decide to leave for us. Give it 40-50 years, and it'll look great. I'll be dead by then.
Get real. Here is what their retaining wall will look like.
|Picture from Colin Tawney|
Except it will be MUCH TALLER. Lou Reynolds described the wall as being 30 feet in height. At one point, I think he mentioned that a part of it might be 50 feet. I had my hand in the air for about 15 minutes, and was ignored. Eventually, Jeanie reminded Lou that there were people on the other side of the room, and he called on Russell and I. I asked him to at least be truthful as to how tall the wall was proposed to be. In a more detailed plan of the site, the bottom and top elevation of the wall was listed in several places around the east and north sides of the parking lot.
I've circled one area where it clearly states the wall will be 70 feet tall. Reynolds first said he had not seen that, then said it would be terraced, and landscaped. I have blogged on this drawing before. I do not see how a 70' wall that tapers down to 50 feet--all within 200 feet of the Westside YMCA boundary will not be a visible eyesore to the kid's camp. Runoff water, litter control, light and noise pollution were never addressed.
The Tulsa World published this story, and they were very sympathetic to those opposing the Turkey Mountain mall mess.