Victoria businesses need more landscaping
Editor, the Advocate:
Regarding the article "Hotel gets honor for landscaping," which appeared in the Advocate on May 15, while I commend and applaud the hotel for using funds for beautification at their location, I feel that the article is laughable in its entirety for its reference of Keep Victoria Beautiful.
Travel to area cities, namely Sugar Land, Houston and numerous other surrounding cities, and you will observe small to large plantings of varied seasonal plants, shrubs and trees of all varieties. These locations will include city property, residential, business and other available spaces. Now this is beautiful, not just a veiled attempt to plant a few staggering plants here and there.
Viewing Victoria for its plantings certainly is not beautiful. Stafford, a Houston suburb, shows what a city can do to obscure a railroad and unsightly businesses with about every type of available flower, tree and shrub to line mega-sized corporations on major city thoroughfares, generating millions of dollars to showcase their locations.
Look at H-E-B on Rio Grande and Walgreens at 9005 N. Navarro St. Both have very large slit trenches in front of their locations. A solution to beautify these unsightly areas would be with water ponds and pressurized water fountains. Anyone traveling U.S. Highway 59 to Houston has observed these types of water fountains, which are very attractive. Also, with Walgreens at 5204 N. Navarro St., their problem is a gravel pit of rocks strewn around their frontage facing Navarro and Airline along with a few struggling evergreen shrubs.
To use the Keep Victoria Beautiful slogan, do what it takes. The city should require all businesses to utilize a goodly portion of their frontage by planting seasonal flowers, shrubs and trees. Not only planting but maintenance as well. Residents in residential areas should also do the same.
Let's not forget the two city-furnished garbage containers. The city has allowed large numbers of individuals to store these unsightly containers to the front and sides of their residence and in other highly viewable areas, which should not be allowed.
John Goldman, Victoria