Saturday, May 02, 2009
Cleaning up the hood
Actually there were only eight of us, so we just managed the east end of Allentown’s main business street. It starts with a corner garden (of sorts) that has a large expanse of grass, a few trees, a cement/tile triangular planter, a walkway, and a shelter in the form of a hyperbolic paraboloid. It’s a neat little space, though many feel a building should be there. Here's a better image of the corner planter in high summer.
Long ago there were some wooden raised beds that were demolished by the owner of the lot. I worked on them, and also on some tree beds that are still there—sort of. I was amazed to see that some white parrot tulips I planted around one the trees 9 years ago were still blooming. That would never happen in my front yard.
After the wooden beds were gone, some architecture students (the ones who built the planter, walkway, and paraboloid) hauled marble remnants to help fill in the space. I like them, and they looked especially good today, surrounded as they were by muscari and dandelions.
So I admired them for a while, and then it was back to sweeping up cigarette butts and clearing out winter debris.