The Hole in the Ground Gets Gussied Up

The Hole in the Ground from Heather Quinlan on Vimeo.

I was chatting with Harry from the Clark Street Restaurant about the continuing saga of the hole in the ground. To recap: a hole where a tree should go on Clark and Henry is instead treeless, due to the number of trucks that round the corner and drive onto the sidewalk. So rather than a tree in the ground, there is dirt and muck and all manner of unspeakable things. So I asked Harry: Who owns the hole? (Venture Properties.) Are there any plans to do anything about it? (No.) But it’s not for lack of trying—Harry told me he had planted a tree that was subsequently pulled out of the ground. Then, large square planters put on either side had to be removed because they blocked the sidewalk. However, the smaller planters may dress up the hole so Key Food trucks don’t take it out. See for yourself.

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  • Reggie

    It is illegal to install planters on city sidewalks without a license from the Department of Transportation. Just ask the folks over at the nursery school at Montague and Clinton.

  • Rochdalian

    I’ve complained to 311 about it. This is getting ridiculous.

  • Rochdalian

    About the hole in the ground, that is, not the planter. At least someone is doing something.

  • Ben

    Golly, and the webmaster thinks that I am an old crank! Leave the pretty planter alone get a life find a real cause.

  • David G

    Also, it’s Adventure Properties. Not venture. good luck.

  • ClarknHenry

    They moved smaller planters on either side of the hole this morning. I have thought about dragging those two huge wooden blocks from the Gristedes corner over to keep trucks off the sidewalk. At the very least, someone should fill the dn gaping hole with stones do no more children get swallowed whole!