The hedge in front of the Roland Park Shopping Center has recently been pruned. It looks tidy and nice. Undoubtedly, people emerging from cars within the parking lot must feel a little safer. The restaurant, bank and men’s clothing store are also more visible now from the street.
I never remember the hedge being so short. If memory serves me correctly, it had been kept tall to screen the cars, and the headlights of cars at night, from the houses across the street. Perhaps that is no longer an issue.
Another recent change has been increased lighting. The fixtures are tasteful and subtle. Light is directed down on the sidewalk directly in front of the shops. It does not shine out across the street the way the too-bright fixtures at M & T Bank give the effect of prison yard lighting farther up Roland.
The hue of the lights, however, is cold, unlike that given off by the previous bulbs. Undoubtedly, the new ones are energy-efficient bulbs. That is a good thing, but we’ve had the same trouble at our house. It takes several tries to find energy-saving bulbs with a soft glow. The effort to find them for the shopping center fixtures might be well worth it to the ambiance of the neighborhood and to the business owners. Warm and inviting light draws people in during the dark days of winter.