A friend who lives on the street, Greg Usewicz, told me that the residents also worked with The City on installing a watering system that makes the job of watering trees and flowers a lot easier. "There are a number of devoted gardeners on Dorchester who take care of the island," Greg said. "You couldn't ask for a better feature right out in front of your house." The most amazing thing is the size of this year-to-year community project. The gardens begin at Baynes, intersect with Richmond and then end at Bidwell. That's a long stretch! There are a small planted circles in-between some of the islands, a couple of healthy deciduous and conifer trees to break up the design, hanging flower baskets, and all sorts of blooming bed varieties. Each gardener adds his or her own personal touch.
It's too bad that there are not more of these types of streets in Buffalo. It is curious that Dorchester is so different than all of the surrounding streets. The tended median shows a strong sense of community, and I would imagine adds a lot to the property values of the houses.