I got an official warning in the mail today from the City of New Haven. It seems the garden box Erica and I put in a few weeks ago is illegal. It is in the "treeline." For a while now I have been wondering what that strip of land is called--the one between the sidewalk and the street. Now I know it is called the treeline.
We are risking a $100.00 fine if we do not remove the "illegal garden."
This makes me sad. I really like our little garden. It brightens my day and it brightens our block. As we built it I told Erica we would probably need to take it out one day when the city needed to do curb or water pipe work. I just didn't think that day would come so soon.
I have left a message with John Cox--the city employee who wrote the warning--asking if we can talk. I hope he calls me back soon and that we can find a way to save our little patch of green.