When I read about Annie Shaw in the Examiner, and the Pennsylvania Garden project, I just had to go down and take a closer look at 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. I have driven past this corner hundreds of times. I have even waited at the corner for the 22 Fillmore on the opposite side of the street a hundreds of times, but there are things that you only notice when you are actively paying attention.
Most of the times before I was more focused on dodging the traffic on 18th Street rather than really noticing the details. (There are no STOP signs going East and West on and off the freeway ramp.) Today, as I look closer, the bright colors of the flowers are a sharp contrast to the freeway gray. The flowers are so beautiful and colorful that they are almost of out place, against the freeway.
There is no sidewalk at the northeastern corner of 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. There is just a small concrete patch, barely enough for two steps off the road, much less room to back up and take pictures. I did not mind. I have been this patch hundreds of times, but for the first time, I really saw it and appreciate it.