Brick sidewalks can be charming . . . but you’ve got to take care of them. If you don’t, before you know it the sidewalk will start to look a little shaggy from the grass growing between the cracks between the bricks. And if you are ridiculously inattentive, and immune to the dirty looks of your neighbors, your can end up with a sidewalk that is a riotous collection of disgusting weeds — like this sidewalk on Columbus Street.
German Village is very sensitive to any changes to the outside appearance of houses; when we decided to replace our backyard fence with the exact same kind of fence, we nevertheless had to get approval from some governmental entity. Apparently sidewalk weeds don’t raise the same concerns, even though they look like crap and ultimately will destroy the bricks. Why aren’t sidewalk weeds more of a focus?