Along the chain link fence by Roland Springs, new skip laurels and daffodils bloom, just as they do along a homeowner’s fence at the Keswick Road intersection. Pansies fill planters in front of the restaurants on both sides of Cold Spring.
S’ghetti Eddie’s has a new stone wall that dresses up the corner of the former gas station parking lot.
The Royal Farms store, once a nondescript franchise box, has a snappy new roof and trim paint to match. It settles into the surrounding landscape and has never looked better.
I wish the same sprucing-up would occur on Falls Road, north of Cold Spring Lane. The bedraggled hodgepodge of stores and beflagged gas stations and car lots look more than ragtag. When I see pictures of this once scenic byway, I ache for landscaping and a more cohesive design.
Kudos to an institution east of Roland Avenue. Loyola University has made a recent and substantial investment in tree planting and landscaping along Cold Spring Lane. These plantings unify the campus east and west of Charles Street. They greatly improve the appearance of Cold Spring Lane. Judging from the number of trees and shrubs carefully designed and sited from Stony Run almost to the Guilford Reservoir, this is one of the most significant landscaping investments seen lately in the Greater Roland Park area.
Cold Spring Lane, from Roland Avenue to Kerneway, looks better than it has in my lifetime. If only something could be done to decrease the ill-kept highway appearance of Cold Spring, west from Roland Avenue to the JFX.