While many (myself included) have focused on what’s going on downtown, people from other neighborhoods have sometimes complained they’re being ignored. I think it’s probably verifiable that most of my coverage has been of downtown, Manette and Westpark, with scattered stories elsewhere. Heck, for a long time I did a lot of stories about 950 acres near Bremerton National Airport, but that’s pretty much over now.
When downtown got its flower baskets, they were greeted with near universal praise. I say “near,” because I’m sure someone complained, I just didn’t hear it. Callow Avenue will get its own version. There were a couple council members who voted for it, but expressed discomfort that there is not a firm policy standard in city hall for how neighborhoods get niceties such as these.
What Wyn Birkenthal, parks & rec director, and Beth Shea, owner of a store on Callow, both said, was that putting up 28 flower baskets will demonstrate that someone cares about the street.