I’d like your opinion on something. Let’s call it the “Sidewalk Squeeze”.
Your typical Wallingford sidewalk is three squares wide, each square measuring 2′ across. That adds up to a healthy 6′ of breadth, enough that someone stumbling home from a late night at the Leny’s or the Grizzled Wizard can do a bit of weaving without trampling anyone’s lawn.
But, of course, Wallingford is home to many a healthy garden and a bevy of bushes, many of which encroach on that 6′. A slew of succulents sluicing the cement, a mass of moss meandering across the walkway, or a bush butting across the property line.
In most cases, I’m a fan of it. Who needs a bunch of hard lines and right-angles defining our sidewalks? I don’t see many chemlawned, edged lawns in this neighborhood and I’m glad of it. I’d rather see the curvy, organic tumble of greenery as I walk than the sharp edges of concrete, wouldn’t you? And what’s the loss?
But there’s a limit, and I believe that limit is one 2′ square. Past that, I get grumbly.
When I’m walking side-by-side with my sweetie, and we need to fall into single file, it seems a bit presumptuous of the gardener: “hey, you weren’t using that sidewalk anyway, were you?” Yes, I was.
Therefore, I would like to propose the Rule of Two-Thirds: feel free to let your garden overstep its bounds, make the neighborhood a greener place. But you get one-third of the sidewalk to do it on. Two-thirds should remain open for hand-holding.
What do you all think? Obviously, this reeks of “first world problems”, so I’ll save you the trouble of pointing out that bit of tedium in the comments section, but if you’ve got another opinion, I’d love to hear it. Let it grow? Or is even one-third too many?