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Here Is 2013's Naughty & Nice List for Cities

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/2/2014 11:39:22 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Tree Boxes!
"I've also taught my kiddo to always dump his leftover water and ice from a lunch out into the nearest tree box!"

What a great mom! I love that. I think I'm going to follow this advice as well. :)

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/2/2014 11:36:19 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Tree Boxes!
Nicole, my understanding is that the city does stay involved - but primarily when a tree is sick or dead. It gets marked with a big spray-painted red X so it can be spotted by the DPW people or contractors who are hired to come cut it down. The hope is that rainfall and citizenry - coupled with the planting of trees that have deep root systems to find water - will suffice for the trees' watering needs. 

Those watering bags - I think they're called Alligator brand or something - are used on many city trees to support their ongoing hydration. 

I've also taught my kiddo to always dump his leftover water and ice from a lunch out into the nearest tree box!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/2/2014 10:26:49 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Tree Boxes!
Amy, Happy New Year to you, too! That's an excellent addition to our "Nice" list. I love the idea of involving citizens with caring for the trees. Does the city still stay involved with the maintenance of these trees, though, in case residents don't follow through?

By the way, speaking of urban forestry, you may be interested in this video blog we ran last week with San Francisco planner Jon Swae about their urban forestry initiative.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
12/31/2013 12:48:06 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Tree Boxes!
Nicole, I have another for your Nice list, in the hopes of balancing things out :-)

The DC Department of Transportation planted thousands of trees this year in the city's tree boxes and asked residents to adopt them (water and tidy as needed). By the time my son is in college, they will be nice and leafy, I predict. Whenever I visit other places that are not as "treeful" as the District, I am grateful we have our own urban forestry initiative. 

Happy new year to ya!

 

 

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/30/2013 3:01:07 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great list!
Great shout outs here, Mary. I'm glad we were able to put the Gates fam and Karen Freeman on our FC 100 list, as they are all true innovators, and yes they belong on this list as well!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/29/2013 8:03:41 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great list!
Another shout out to Bill & Melinda Gates, whose foundation just awarded a slew of grants focused on improving human waste disposal and sanitation.

As I've noted previously, the couple's efforts have focused on an area where other efforts haven't made much headway. By putting their enormous resources to work on the issues involved in this less-than-glamorous but incredibly important area, I think the Gateses deserve a recognition as definitely nice.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/29/2013 6:49:12 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great list!
For another nice, I'd suggest Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, who proposed an interesting Dollar Home Program for her city this year

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/27/2013 1:22:23 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great list!
I think there's little hope for most of the "naughties," alas, but there's a chance that BART, for example, could change its ways next year -- particularly if a rule is enforced to ban transit strikes. Speaking of -- what do people think about that? Banning a transit organization from striking? It's controversial, but strikes of this nature are hugely disruptive and costly. And BART's strikes in particular this year seemed rather abusive.

stotheco
stotheco  
12/27/2013 1:05:43 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Great list!
So many naughties this year! I'm hoping they'll clean up their act or at least learn from their mistakes so they'll transition to the "Nice" list next year.

stotheco
stotheco  
12/27/2013 1:04:33 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Detroit
I agree, Susan. This year was definitely tough for Detroit, so I hope they'll be able to recover and bounce back next year.

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