‘We’re filling up the trash cans,” he said with a broad smile as I stood and snapped a couple of photographs.
I understood exactly what he meant.
I was walking this afternoon and decided on a whim to head from Front to Main Street in downtown Burlington as I headed back to the Times-News office. The first thing I noticed was a city truck — two of them in fact — packed with buckets containing plants. I determined that the massive planters that now line the downtown streets were in the process of being filled with something besides beer bottles and cigarette butts.
Oh the powers of observation.
He went on to tell me a few things I didn’t know about this downtown beautification project. One, there will be different plants or flowers on every street with a variety of colors. Each street, he said, would have a theme color. Main Street, he told me, would be red. He also said the scene would change periodically.
“They’ll grow and fill in,” he added.
He was pretty excited to be telling me the details so I also figured that he was probably a representative of the New Leaf Society, which is providing the plants. City crews were doing the actual planting.
“I’m excited to see it,” I told him.
“It’s going to be very nice,” he replied.
I had my doubts a few weeks ago when passersby were using the planters as,well, trash cans — and wrote about here and in the print Times-News. I think his first words to me were perhaps a reference to the posts and columns.
And now I have no doubts. This will truly improve the downtown area even more.