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Monday, February 14, 2022


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Thank goodness the oak will survive!! I'm sorry you're losing your sunny island. Sounds like it might be a summer for you to stay in the back yard and for Mark to enjoy watching the process in the front.

Barbara H.

Those are big changes! The island plants look so happy but I know you will find good homes for them. So smart of you to plan ahead so many years ago. It sounds like your street may become busier with traffic too. Glad the tree is being acknowledged and hope no inadvertent harm is done during the process.

Linda Brazill

KRISTIN — You've hit the nail on the head. I will definitely be gardening out back ignoring the street and Mark thinks he may make the street work his next photo project!​

Linda Brazill

BARBARA — I am glad Mark took into consideration what the city controlled and what was ours when he designed the garden. Otherwise I would be really upset. Given the rain "events" that are more common these days, I am very happy to get new storm sewers. They are putting in a "100 year flood" pipe.

Kris P

Although I accept the premise of your post's title, I expect I'd be very unhappy about being forced to move those lovely plants. At least the city gave you plenty of advance notice. It's wonderful that they've also got a plan to work around the oak. Here, trees are too often felled with little thought.

Linda Brazill

KRIS Because this neighborhood was a 1950s suburb, it never had sidewalks and thus has big old trees by the street. So they are removing parking lanes to create a pedestrian/bike lane without having to remove more than a couple of trees. The city has always pushed solutions for bikes and pedestrians over cars. You haven't lived until you've seen people riding bicycles in the snow, which is common here.

danger garden

Seven days a week! I guess once they start it's best to keep working to get done, but wow. Hoping for as little disruption as possible for you.

Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening

Wow, major changes ahead. But it sounds like the best possible scenario, if it had to happen. As others have mentioned, you planned ahead for the 14ft easement, you were given plenty of advance notice about the work, and your mature oak will be preserved.

Linda Brazill

KATHY — I am not a gardener who listens to books or music on headphones when I work in the garden. So I am hoping the noise isn't overwhelming when one is out of doors. And I'm hoping the street is still usable to have friends over without too much confusion.

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