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.
Since I know the Texas A&M Urban Foresterfor far-out west Texasandthe 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?
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?