No such qualifications here, but I am pretty sure any honeybees you may see around here are living in someone’s well maintained back yard hive. I guess they may be capable of surviving on their own, but it isn’t their native habitat.
Bumblebees however do quite well here, especially if there’s suitable nest habitat. They nest in the ground, but I think they don’t really like to excavate a lot of mineral dirt, and prefer a spot with some leaf litter and so forth. I also see some kinds of black bees, of various sizes, some of which must be “mason” bees, and little bees that look kind of like a half size honey bee, and iridescent green bees. I imagine that if your interest in bees has persisted since you posed that question, you’ve seen these bees and more in the interim.
1, 2. My vicinity, a couple blocks, is friendly and engaging, it hasn’t yet deteriorated noticeably. We also seem to be spared the major public safety problems, I mean not really noticeably worse right now than for the last decade or two. Wallingford as a whole, I experience mainly retail, which has suffered a lot of losses – Food Giant, electronics where the Hawai’i store is now, World Wide Books, Stoneway Hardware and other home improvement, several business in the Wallingford Center building, …
3. Delighted with city council District 4 representation, mixed on city and state. It’s terribly hard to get good representation in the current divisive political atmosphere.
4. It’s good. Articles are uniformly thoughtful and well written.
I wouldn’t use Bob Oates as a standard to hold them to, either. Not that I know a lot about this, just I vaguely recall hearing that they have their ways.
I hope there turns out to be some remedy. I don’t think there’s any way they can be forced to make any reductions in your bill, so it all depends on making them feel like it. That might take a lot of the proverbial carrots and sticks both.
… wish I could forget.