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Sidewalks to be graced by fallen leaves

Fallen leaves make for a good picture, or so the Xuhui District officials would have us believe after telling the street sanitation workers on Wukang and Yuqing roads to keep the streets lined up with the leaves.  

The unusual experiment, which starts tomorrow, will last for the next two weeks. The two roads are lined with  luxuriant, aged plane trees on both sides.

“It is our attempt to provide residents with a scenery of a streetscape and fallen leaves,” said Liu Dejia, an official with Xuhui District Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau. “Whether we should continue with it or not depends on people’s response to it.”

Liu said the sanitation workers have been asked to clean the fallen leaves at dusk and only pick up wastes, such as napkins and plastic bags, in the morning and afternoon.

Similar measures are also being adopted at other places such as Guyi Garden, Century Park, Binjiang Forest Park and Shanghai Botanical Garden.



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