Over in the Arden/Arcade side of town local folks have been promoting a tree planting program for quite some time. Adopted from the popular program in the oh so popular Arden Park, the Arden/Arcade extension has gone door to door with flyers asking for volunteers to help. This might sound all well and good, but much like a “boo gram” there is a little something else at play. This time, something a bit offensive.
For example, on their website their tag line reads (with photos of streets with and without trees, sure hope you don’t live on of those “belows”:
“Trees Define A Neighborhood. What street would you like to live on?
Another example (#2 on What You Can Do To Help):
ENCOURAGE YOUR NEIGHBORS TO PLANT- If you want to be a hero on your block, give away free trees
A hero? Yes, nothing would make me more popular than to knock on my neighbor’s door “reminding” them their yard sort of blows and could use a few trees.
Not to mention their flyer makes a few choice comments about how some folks have tried to fix up their yards but they’ve planted the wrong trees, haven’t maintained them properly, etc. Basically letting us know we got some deadweight in the area and we need to regulate. This seems like a request to envoke a CC&R on tree planting doesn’t it?.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for neighborhood beautification and support, but there always seems to be a covert agenda with these things.
And, besides, I thought neighbors defined a neighborhood.