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  1. A neigh­bor left a com­ment on Nextdoor​.com point­ing out that “boule­vard” is defined in ordi­nance at StPaul​.gov, https://​is​.gd/​I​e​Z​ck8 as fol­lows: “Boule­vard shall mean the pub­lic right-of-way lying between the prop­er­ty line and side­walk, and between the side­walk and the road­way, or where no side­walk exists, between the prop­er­ty line and the road­way.” It goes on to define lim­i­ta­tions for boule­vard plant­i­ngs and to dis­tin­guish those from boule­vard rain gar­dens, which I did not know is such a for­mal­ly sanc­tioned thing.

  2. In mid-Michi­gan, we called it the "tax grass." I'm unclear on the rea­son­ing — it belonged to the city? it defined the prop­er­ty on which the home­own­er paid tax­es? Most impor­tant was that you had to main­tain it even though it wasn't yours.

  3. Thanks, cool, yet anoth­er term for it! That’s a cre­ative one.

  4. Wow, I always though boule­vard implied the grass in the mid­dle. Any­way, in his­toric down­town Savan­nah, it’s either a “tree lawn” or a “tree well.”

  5. Tree well, eh. I could see that if there were an actu­al well, as you see in some cities.
    urban tree well

  6. So what do you call the strip of grass and plants in the mid­dle of the road?

  7. Right, that’s what struck this East­ern­er as weird about call­ing the hell­strip a boule­vard. In my upbring­ing a boule­vard is the entire road with a green strip in the mid­dle (like Sum­mit Ave. in St. Paul or Comm. Ave. in Boston). The cen­tral green strip in iso­la­tion nev­er had a name, that I knew of.

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