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U Street Neighbors Plant Trees, Tend to Vermont Ave. Median

By P.L. Wolff

Saturday, May 3 was a beautiful sunny spring day, perfect for work in the garden. Instead, Lynn Coffin, President of the Cardozo-Shaw Neighborhood Association (CSNA), joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, DC Chamber of Commerce Director of Visitor Affairs. Robert “Mo” Rouse, and others were out on the triangular plot of ground at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and S and 11th Streets planting three new cherry trees and replacing two others, all having been donated by the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

While the tree planting work was going on, just south on Vermont Avenue a contingent of residents joined forces to make a success of the organized spring planting, weeding and mulching work along the length of the median strip that once was a barren concrete lane divider but, thanks to the city’s transportation department having responded to CSNA’s earlier entreaties to dig it up and create a dirt-filled trench along its length, is now a visual treat.