Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Old North Is Awash in Dangerous Foxtails. Dog Walkers, Take Care (55)

Walking in a far area of the UCD arboretum recently, my dog Tyler suddenly yelped, began to whine, shake his head, and favor his left ear.

Looking, I saw we had come to a small area of foxtails and he had apparently gotten one in his left ear. We took him to a vet immediately. Sure enough, a foxtail was lodged deeply in that ear. Fortunately, it could be removed and he is fine now.

That episode has made me alert to the presence of foxtails and I have begun to notice that a great many Old North properties feature them next to the sidewalks and along the alleys and some streets.

Why Do So Many Bowers Addition Lot Owners Not Use Their Alley Access Much If At All? (54)

I have never lived in a house on an alley, so I have no personal experience with the pros and cons of that situation. Even so, it has seemed to me a plus to have alley access.

I am therefore puzzled by Bowers Addition lot owners who constrict, eliminate, or simply do not use their alley access.

This non or limited use is seen in several forms. Here are three.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Positive Neighborhood Tone: An East Davis Example (53)

Enterprise environmental columnist John Mott-Smith recently wrote about the environmental activities of people in his East Davis neighborhood.
The specific environmental actions described engaged me less than the fact that so many people agreed to have themselves named and described as part of that neighborhood.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Tree at the Northwest Corner of 5th & the F-G Alley Marked For Possible Removal (52)

The tree on 5th street at the northwest corner of the 5th & F-G alley intersection has a sign on it announcing a Tree Commission hearing on cutting it down.  The hearing will be this Thursday, June 16.

A photo of the sign and the tree I took Monday at dusk accompany this post. JL

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Proposal to Cut Down Two Street Trees at 522 C Street (51)

The green sign shown to the right has appeared on each of the two City trees in front of 522 C Street.

As you can read, the signs announce a Thursday, June 16th hearing on a “removal request” of the two trees.

 When last I looked, the agenda for this meeting of the Tree Commission had not yet been posted on the City website.

 The hearing is at 2600 Fifth Street, the Police Department, at 6pm  this Thursday. JL

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Irony of Old North Densifying & Preservation Proclaiming in the Same Council Meeting (50)

In the Davis Vanguard this morning, David Greenwald writes on “Changing the Character of Davis From Within.” Drawing in part from my “City Plan for Massive Old North Density . . .” posted on May 29 (#47), he suggests implications of long-term City housing policies for areas like the Old North and the conflict of values involved. Old North attunned people might want to read it.*
This added bit of context prompts me to post an item I drafted but doubted I would use. It expands on one dimension of Greenwald’s discussion of the conflict of values. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Dynamic Bio-Machine Meld: Old North Public Art Series #1 (49)

This is the first in a series of posts on Old North Public Art.
We in the Old North are favored with a considerable number of pieces of art in public places or art that is at least viewable from public land.
I want today to call attention to an installation that likely does not have a name but could be called the “Dynamic Bio-Machine Meld.”

Friday, June 3, 2011

ONDNA to Hold Truncated Annual General Meeting This Sunday at 5 PM (48)

By means of a flyer placed on Old North doorsteps Thursday evening, the ONDNA Board has announced it will conduct a truncated Annual General Meeting at 5 PM this next Sunday.
          At least, I regard as truncated an Annual General Meeting headlined as “brief,” staged in the midst and mist of a party, and organized in terms of a constricted agenda. (Click flyer to enlarge.)