Brendon Gallagher’s (4th ward alderman) floating an idea to snazz up DeKalb’s East Side. In response to a petition drive by east side businesses, who are rightfully wondering when some public investment might be extended beyond the old central business district, Gallagher’s wondering what people’s take on planting cherry trees as a starter might be.
DeKalb’s South Side is wondering the same thing. Kay Shelton, 3rd Ward applicant, is promoting planting flowers in response. She thinks doing such would be an inexpensive way to kick-start beautification along South Fourth Street and increase community involvement.
Back in the 1950s a combination of Dutch Elm disease and major highway expansion caused the removal of all trees along the community’s major streets. The Dixon Mens’ Garden Club responded by planting petunias along the right-of-ways. Half a century later the Dixon Petunia Festival culminates into a week long community wide party each year. Dixon receives national attention.
Cherry trees or flowers its a good idea.