After sneaking the plan to cut down Nashville's iconic cherry trees on the waterfront into the public record late Friday afternoon, the public was upset. The beautiful trees (now in bloom) not only provide a beautiful outdoor walking space near the contrasting concrete and brick of downtown buildings, they're also a symbol of our friendship with the people of Japan.
21 of the most prominent trees were scheduled to be destroyed Monday to make way for the 400 ft stage the NFL said it requires for the NFL Draft happening here at the end of the month.
But Mayor Briley responded to the immediate anger of many Nashville residents with a compromise of sorts.
The definition of "damaged or unhealthy" trees is not given. New trees would mostly likely be smaller, unmature trees that do not match the others.
The trees have a long history of being a public symbol of the city's relationship with Japan.
Carolyn Sorenson of the Nashville Tree Foundation, told FOX 17 news, “I cannot imagine what the staging might look like for them to have to remove these trees all up 1st Avenue. We know that people specifically ask when trees are blooming to make their plans to come visit the city.”
The economic upside of the NFL Draft is huge. Last year's draft in Dallas resulted in $125 million dollars to the area, with $75 million of it being direct spending in the city.