Sunday, April 10, 2011


This was the scene a few weeks ago along Broadway in the Midtown West portion of the city.  Yes, it's a stump grinder and a city crew finally getting to that Locust Tree stump across from Perry Motors.

Like most of the Locust Trees planted in sidewalk lines, the bluestone or cement slabs get pushed up in a dangerous position leading to occasional harm to pedestrians and financial threat to the city.

This is the last portion of Broadway to see streetscape attention. The overgrown trees, heaved sidewalks and dissolved brick pavers from the 80's have outlived their use. The residents and merchants patiently await action in their Midtown West Commercial District. When will the Community Development Committee see fit to shift Streetscpae CDBG money to this area?

This is how it looks today. Better, but not great. The tree and it's unbridled root base, made it impossible to install the last dual parking meter at this location. I no longer see any obstruction. Let's see if the meter crew get out there this year.


Anonymous said...

You are kidding about those hideous parking meters??? Right?

Anonymous said...

Planting the locust trees where they could do the most damage was part of the plan. Figuring the roots would insure a return 15-20 years laterwas just job security. They couldn't have known the city would be too broke to replace the walks and tree line 40 years later. Be thankful the CDBG got us what we did in recent years.
Now, about those stupid planters uptown...

Anonymous said...

Off topic: I saw you raking on Foxhall Ave the other day. You're going to get hit by a car some day. Get a warning cone or something. With all the people driving distracted, you're going to end up in the ICU. Like they say: No good deed goes unpunished.