An allée of 42 planters, installed yesterday along Kingshighway from The Chase Park-Plaza to Straub's, enhances the pedestrian environment along the highly-traveled thoroughfare, which is also a major point of entry to the Central West End.
The effort to beautify the streetscape is a collaboration between the Central West End North Community Improvement District (which is funded by a tax on purchases within the district), and funds from the Argyle Garage TIFF under an agreement negotiated by Alderman Lyda Krewson when financing for the Argyle Garage (located at the corner of Lindell & Kingshighway) was arranged.
Employees of Wisconsin-based Wausau Made, which manufactured the 42 planters, installed them throughout the day.
Planting of the concrete planters is scheduled to take place within the next two weeks. The reaction by neighbors was immediate. One woman out walking her dog knocked on one then nodded her approval, and a resident of The Residences of the Chase Park-Plaza profusely thanked Kate Haher, the executive director of the CWENCID, for the organization's role in beautifying his front yard.