I often find myself westbound on Interstate 12 at the Airline Highway southbound exit. If you look around as you exit, you see overgrown brush and bush, and a scattering of scraggly trees.

The grass (or, more accurately, the weeds) is high; there is no edging work around the trees; debris is littered amongst the grass. Every time I make that round, I am saddened by the look. It screams, “I don’t care.”

But today, my sadness turned to anger when I discovered the trees and brush that threaten to overhang the road have been trimmed.

Yes, it is nice that our city finally noticed the area needs attention, but whoever did the work must be in dire need of proper equipment, as well as instruction. The trees have been cut back, and they are splintered, stripped and broken.

It was, at best, a half-hearted attempt to do the job. So, Baton Rouge, this is what our visitors see when they enter our city and take this exit. Surely, we can do better.

Janis Richardson


Baton Rouge