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Easton Residents Petition For Sidewalk Garden

Are sidewalk gardens along Church and Sitgreaves streets really a code violation?

Are the along Sitgreaves and Church streets in Easton a code violation?

Although the city recieved a complaint about the gardens recently, owner Laini Abraham says they are an asset to the neighborhood. 

Quite a few people -- 420 as of Saturday afternoon -- agree with her. That's how many signed a petition she's circulating to allow the gardens to stay.

"The garbage and the weeds are a year-round detraction in the neighborhood while the gardens add beauty and life, grow fresh and healthy food, and make a walk through these alleys more enjoyable," Abraham wrote in introducing the petition.

Mayor Sal Panto addressed the situation on his Facebook page Saturday. The mayor says the complaint came in from a neighbor who tripped on one one the pots in the garden and fell. 

"The matter has been brought to our attention and I will make sure that we find an amicable resolve," Panto wrote. "We certainly don’t want to curtail the greening of the city, we want to encourage it."

What do you think? Should urban gardens like this one be allowed to say? Tell us in the comments.

Jimmy Madden August 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
"another point of view" I respect your opinion and view but, do not hide behind your computer alias. You should be proud of what you have to write and name yourself. You must also think the pumpkin bike rack(next to dunkin donuts) and any other bike rack on the sidewalk is also a tripping hazard? If you are falling often maybe you should be out and about so much. Correct me if I am wrong at any time please. Jimmy Madden
Jimmy Madden August 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
should NOT be out so often...correction
Laini August 27, 2012 at 04:38 PM
The sidewalks in question are not ADA compliant. They are not wide enough for someone with a wheelchair to use. Thank you for your comments, Jimmy Madden. I don't know you but i think i know your garden. It's so cool. Anonymous person, I'm sorry you have a hard time walking. That must be difficult. But many people like walking and are doing it more and more. It's better for our health to drive less and walk more. One of the best things about living downtown is being able to walk to so many places, see, meet and know your neighbors. Personally, i think the biggest safety issues in these alleys and on 2nd St. is that so many cars drive way too fast. That's something that could really be helpful to address. Thank you to the 540 people who've signed the petition so far. Hopefully, this can Dion be a community which treats sidewalk gardens at least as well as it treats garbage dumpsters.
Laini August 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
*soon be
another point of view August 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
My moniker says what I am: "Another Point of View". Of course, I could have chosen "GOD", but that goes a little bit overboard, and I really do not have the power to rain frogs and toads. The moniker fits, and I only post when I believe someone has failed to see the obvious. There is never unanimity on any issue. The containers obstruct pedestrians and are unwanted. Perhaps, you should set the containers in the street and block vehicles. I prefer that alternative because it permits me to walk where ever. If you choose to block the pedestrian, then you make the pedestrian second to the vehicles. They must be equal. As far as the bike racks are concerned, they are really racks in desperate search of a bike. I suspect if the "so-called" racks actually contained bikes, there may be a problem. I'll let you in on a little secret. Most bikes don't really see the racks. The choice to camouflage them as art only defeats their real purpose. You recognize a bike rack when you see one, much like a personal eating utensil such as a fork. If you changed the characteristics of a fork by bending the tines in different directions, you really do not have a fork even though it may still sort of work as a fork. We really have a lot of bike racks that are not really bike racks. Don't believe me? Ask the bikes.

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