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Judge axes suit over tree-clearing for Baltimore Grand Prix

A Baltimore entrepreneur’s effort to halt tree-clearing as part of the set-up for the city’s Grand Prix event in September came to an end Monday, when a judge ruled he did not have standing to seek an injunction against the city.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon dismissed the case filed by David C. Troy against the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. Cannon also denied the temporary restraining order Troy sought.

Troy, co-founder of Baltimore Internet communications company 410 Labs, filed the complaint on Friday to block what he said was race organizer Baltimore Racing Development LLC’s plan to chop down 50 to 136 trees along the race course. The plan called for new trees to replace the mature ones that had to be removed.

According to his complaint, Baltimore Racing did not give the required five-day notice to the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Public Works before it took down trees.

Troy also has started an online petition against the effort, which continues. The petition had 4,349 signatures as of Monday evening.

The race course will run a two-mile route around Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. The race is scheduled to run Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4.

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  1. The coolest thing about the story is that over 4300 petitions were signed in just the matter of a couple days. It shows that people care about the city’s streetscape, perhaps the council should take notice.