City orders Phoenix arts district treehouse “landmark” torn down

Click to view full size image[Source: Benjamin Leatherman, Phoenix New Times] — The intersection of Fifth and Roosevelt Streets has become one of the hotspots for the downtown Phoenix arts district.  And one of the coolest parts of this cluster of galleries, boutiques, and coffee places was the HoodRide treehouse.  Built into an olive tree in front of the sidewalk of the bicycle shop/art gallery run by Derrick Pacheco, the two-story construction of wood that was kind of a landmark for the Fifth Street scene.  But now the treehouse is a thing of the past, as city of Phoenix officials ordered Pacheco on Thursday to tear down the structure by this afternoon.

John R. Siefert, deputy director of the city’s Street Transportation Division, stated in a letter to HoodRide’s property owner that the structure was in violation of city ordinance 23-32 (which prohibits the “encroachment of trees, shrubs, or bushes”) and ordered it to be torn down within 24 hours.  “This structure presents a considerable safety hazard to the public and exposes you to potential liability,” wrote Siefert.   [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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