Front Patio

Back to Bill Robertson’s Albuquerque west mesa patio home, for a few early successes. I finished the design in 2012, and all the work was installed last winter into this spring.

That which isn’t ongoing as long as he lives there! Gardeners…

Photos from 9/25/2013; they’ve probably had a few light frosts (a bit early), but no hard freezes <28F from what I can tell. So I’m sure it’s still primo –

the powder-blue Pale Yucca goes well with the stucco, under the existing Piñon...a few other plants were adjusted for various reasons
the powder-blue Yucca pallida goes well with the stucco, under the existing Piñon / Pinus edulis…a few other plants were adjusted for various reasons; concrete was left as-is

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Walking After Midnight

I’m back in that far-out, retro West Texas town for the MARFArchitecture + Design Symposium and Home Tour. It’s retro in a good way: serene design and fresh re-use.

Before bed, I took a stroll on the part of town I’m lodging, enjoying the chilly, lonely air along US-90 – the sound of the train, or a rushing vehicle, or couples riding rented bikes into town. Lighting and darkness, dancing prickly pear cactus and clumping hedgehog cactus, and minimalist comfort.

Peaceful, before tomorrow’s today’s inspiration and presentations.

I go out walkin’, after midnight…
…searchin’ for you…blues and the ordinary used differently, but well together
simple, serene, yet somehow not sterile


Since I know the Texas A&M Urban Forester for far-out west Texas and the City of El Paso arborist, plus I’m now connected to ex-Mayor Cook on LinkedIn, perhaps I should bring this up to them after I post on it?

It is all in their purview, since it’s public right-of-way. This is the visibility issue that affects anyone exiting the barber shop I go to, as well as more than one driver.

What issues do you see in this photo?

unpruned trees, poor tree-sign placement, unsafe visibilities / sightlines
unpruned trees, poor tree-sign placement, unsafe visibilities / sightlines

This issue happens often in many towns, and it takes some serious staffing and time / money to simply enforce such spaces from being problems.

Though there are city codes governing site visibility and the placement of such plantings, no codes or enforcement actions seem to exist that regulate their proper maintenance.

Since these trees shade and benefit an arid city, and are quite xeric, their care will only benefit all…including public safety for all nearby.

In El Paso and many other cities, the property owner is required to maintain plants in the public right-of-way, including for safety / visibility and the flow of traffic. And the City’s traffic engineering tends to take responsibility for signs in the same rights-of-way. Maybe there can be a meeting of the minds to remedy and avoid such situations?