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Glenn Holsten Lead-in:
And it was this kind of a relaxed neighborhood, you know. Everybody had a nice back yard with roses in them. And our neighbors that lived on this side they didn't have little children so they had a thing about clotheslines. After you took your clothes in they wanted you to take your clotheslines down and take them in too. I mean these people, they had gardeners and it, I mean it was just, it was really kind of funny to me cause, so I insisted that I get a dryer cause I wasn't about to take no stupid clothesline in every week. But it made these people happy if they saw you taking down the clothes line.
But it was really a neighborhood that you thought about raising your children and being able to do a lot of things. We were able to take vacations because our house didn't cost a lot of money. We were able to go to Florida every summer for a two weeks vacation cause he's from Florida and I'm from North Carolina you know, it was really a kind of good life.
And, umm, then, uh, the trees got this disease and the trees started dying. And a couple people got their car stolen, you know, just things just started happening that you see it's falling apart all around you. And then the stores on 11th Street started closing, a couple stores on Louden had fires. On Broad Street a few stores got robbed and then they started opening up like the beer places and that kind of stuff. So, you know, just the whole neighborhood just you, you see a big turmoil thing happening in the neighborhood.
And, it was a mess. And then we, uh, got hit with the issue that, how some houses in our area had been built on unstable land, and, and they had been sold over and over again and then all of a sudden these houses all had to be vacated.
And so the whole neighborhood just kind of lost and now there's no plan for the neighborhood. We don't have a five year plan, a ten year plan, a fifteen year plan, there's nothing.
The first tree, some gentleman, overnight, you know, just stood in front of, I guess my mother's house, and just took off the bark off the tree, and killed it, you know. By the next summer, it just didn't come back. The one down the street in the middle of the block, someone bought a chainsaw, and figured hey, let me test it, and just cut the tree down. And then the one down at the corner, umm, I think someone was making a -- a -- a oil change and poured the oil on the roots of the tree, and killed it.
Greening, you know, it symbolizes, you know, growth, and -- and -- and hope, and that's what I want for that block. I want -- I don't want that block just to happen to, like, any other block that hope is lost and then the block just, you know, basically, you know, goes to hell. And I didn't want that to happen, so I -- I looked around and, you know, I had already ties with the Horticultural Society, and I talked to them, and I wanted to really hook up with them and see if, you know, we could get trees for the area.
So we got experimental trees, those are, umm, Prayer Blossoms, which umm, they're not used in City for greening. Most -- most of, uh, the greening in the City is done with Crab Apple. So uh, we used those, and uh, I was able to plant on one of the neighbors, and they're surviving, they're you know, they've grown I think, uh, three years, and they're really, really, doing good.
But I think it symbolizes hope. In the neighborhood where, you know, originally, you know, William Penn had this great vision of, of green, you know, of a green country, you know, a City, but, you know, greened.
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