Thursday, June 30, 2022

Active Trees and Passive People

Each year about this time, I watch as low hanging tree branches extend over sidewalks. It's a bit of a game, to see how long it takes for anyone to do anything about it.

In fact, no one does anything about it. Instead, people just keep ducking down deeper and deeper as the branches grow. Finally, I get fed up, find some loppers, and go out and clear the route. There were three of these low spots on my block. A few minutes of intervention will save thousands of bendings over through the summer, and maybe keep a distracted bicyclist from getting whiplashed. 

The vast majority of people remain enduringly passive when navigating collectively owned spaces. Or maybe no one else owns a pair of loppers.

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