Landscaping is a fine thing, sure. So is the occasional advertising gimmick, especially if it works. But why put either on corners where they keep drivers from having a clear view of what's coming at them at 40 miles an hour or so?
The scene: Ninth Avenue in Albany. I'm sitting in one of the entries and exits of the Periwinkle Plaza strip mall, patiently waiting for a gap in traffic. But from the driver's seat of a little car, low to the ground, it's hard to see what's coming down the right-hand lane.
When traffic is heavy, as on most afternoons, getting on Ninth from that little shopping center does require some patience and quick reflexes. It would help if the landscaping allowed a longer sight line upstream. (hh)