The Barr Foundation posted this about Boston including artists in discussions around solving city problems (and I love that they have a Department of Play). It reminded me of some street structures we saw last time we were in Cleveland Heights. I’m not a big fan of most of Cleveland’s wide streets (six lanes, barely any crosswalks) but it has some walkable neighborhoods, including this one.
These whimsical tree guards were interspersed with equally-unique benches and bike stands.
We have the creative talent (see Open Studios), and we have plenty of space on our streets for something more interesting than what is currently ordered from somewhere out of town. Perhaps what we lack is an artist on the committee?