by: Talia Ralph
On the corner of Brookline and Franklin Streets in Boston, there’s this fence.
It is almost six feet high, and spans half the block in either direction. It is painted purple and yellow and green, and begs passersby to stop and read it, even if they’re rushing to catch the T or lugging bags of groceries.
“Be aware,” it says, in painted white letters. “Everything has two sides and everything is alive.”
These sorts of sayings are written all over the fence, weaving around grizzly bears, moose, and starburst cutouts which showcase the wild garden growing behind it. It surrounds a three-story brown apartment building that, on an otherwise typical Cambridge side street, looks almost out of place.
My neighbor. I pass this fence at least twice a day and have still never read the whole thing.