In the dense urban space of HIGHLAND PARK, it was rarely obvious who owned or maintained each space. What survives on the street is the result of an accumulation of often unspoken decisions made by neighbors, gardeners, and the city.

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Many subtle things are always happening on the street.

I wondered how many residents of these neighborhoods might become attentive to the subtle life cycle of this native flower, which is so sensitive to seasonal changes?

Most people who stopped to chat assumed my goal was urban beautification.

During the weeks of peak bloom, golden petals would drift down the sidewalk.