City in a Garden


Photos by Roman.

Given my scattered and fragmentary knowledge of botany, I was wondering what to say about these photos.

Photo by Roman.

Well, these are street decorations in my neighborhood, probably paid for by either a special service assessment of local businesses or a tax increment financing district. With perky optimism, one could regard it as a way of taking the city slogan (“urbs in horto“) seriously, even if it’s not quite as dramatic as being it being used as a justification for beating up protestors.

What? Oh, sorry. It’s an old grudge. Younger folks won’t remember that Mayor Richard Daley the Elder issued a report justifying the police riots at the 1968 Democratic Party Convention that was titled “What trees do they plant?”

Good question even if it was beside the point.

Marketing on behalf of local businesses, most especially FIRE (Finance Insurance Real Estate), is probably the gardens’ more germane intent.

Whatever. Even though these little gardens sometimes are ruinous and even though more than  a few of the trees they plant hardly survive the year, I’m glad someone makes the effort.

Author: rmichaelroman

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