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PHOTOS: Perry Hall Speaks, Honeygo Gets Mowed

Grass in a median strip along Honeygo Boulevard was mowed Tuesday morning.

It's possible that Honeygo Boulevard's median strip would have been mowed Tuesday morning, with or without the from community members the day before.

See the gallery for before and after photos.

According to , the area had already been slated for trimming, following complaints from area homeowners' associations to Marks' office last week.

Regardless, less than 20 hours after Patch published the article, (and more than 40 comments later), Baltimore County contractors were seen clipping the turf between Joppa and Belair roads along Honeygo.

On Monday, resident vented some of her about the overgrowth.

"In Perry Hall, we pay too much in taxes to put up with this eyesore. It just looks terrible," Smith said.

"It's tall and brown. People throw trash in there. The next thing you know, we'll have rats," she added. 

Other community members chimed in in the .

wrote, "The appearance issue is not exactly trivial - for the locals' community pride as well as first and lingering impressions by visitors. I, for one, would rather not have my community looking all ragged."

countered, "Tall grass in a median strip on a major street does not lead to rats and the downfall of the community. It is the people tossing trash on the ground that does this. If it's that much of an issue that is making it hard for you to sleep at night, go cut it yourself, I am sure the county would not care."

brought up safety issues, "Food for thought: Tall, brown (dried) out grass and weeds are very dangerous when it comes to brush fires. ... Putting out these fires cost much more than just cutting the grass once a week."

The debate continued into Tuesday, until community members began to notice the area had been cut.

Marks said he was glad to see a fast response from the county on the grass, but he urged patience from neighbors of county property.

"Personally, I try to mow my grass once a week, but these are tight times. Areas may not always be mowed as often as we'd like," he said.

Marks said concerned residents can call his office at 410-887-3384 to share concerns about tall grass on county property in the future.

Residents may also call 410-887-3827, and an operator within the county executive's office will direct them to the appropriate constituent services representative. If the problem is on private property, residents should call 410-887-3351 for Code Inspections and Enforcement.

How does the maintenance of grass on public property impact neighborhoods? Is it a major quality of life issue in Perry Hall? Tell us in the comments.

You June 26, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Emily... love your work... but your camera sucks if you took those photos ;) Thanks for the update however. JK BTW
Emily Kimball (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I lost resolution in the mashup. Go through the whole gallery ... and thank you.
Emily Kimball (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Updated with a higher res mash-up. You're welcome.
DK June 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I drove down Honeygo today and thanks for the effort but it still looks like CRAP !!! Areas along Honeygo are half chopped and missed ! All this was is a quick fix. Are they going to finish it ?? Personally the weeds looked better.
Honeygo Hal June 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Thanks to anyone and everyone who helped get this done. If it was already in the works, great!
Doug June 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM
People are fleeing the city because of soaring taxes and little service. It seems to be contagious in the county. Let's see is they cut it again in two weeks, or if this is just the same issue in mid-July.
Paul Amirault June 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM
The facts of the City's population are as follows - 1990 - 736,014 2000 - 651,154 2005 - 640,300 2010 - 644,850 2015 - 660,250 Projected It appears the flight from the city has ended in 2000. Data from the Maryland Department of Planning, November 2010.
You June 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The angle of the photo still is not the same though ;) JK
Doug June 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Your stats show population, not the flight. Break your numbers down by tax payers vs government dependents, and you will see the flight. Why would I consider living in a 900 sq foot home in Baltimore city and pay 5000K a year in property tax, when I live in 3000 sq feet in Perry Hall and pay less than that? Point is, Baltimore County is following suit. My taxes go up every ear with less service. Next thing you know, the county exec will follow the steps of Rawlings-Blake and give us a bottle tax and tell the police they can't question a person legal status in this country.
Lisa Cabral Fernandez June 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
We have a similar problem over on Perry Hall Blvd. My house backs up to that road and there is a big strip of grass that the county used to mow but now they just mow one strip of it and the rest is tall weeds that are now singed by the sun and are an eyesore. I called the County and was told that the dept. head was cutting back on gas expenses and they are only cutting strips of grass along the very side of the road. Meanwhile, there are probably rodents, vermin, etc. living in those weeds.
Gary June 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
A large number of people that use that road are not from PH. How about the field at Honeygo and Belair? This is the one with the large pile of dirt. It has not been cut for years! I made a code complaint over 6 weeks ago. The county replied right away but the developer has done nothing. This is one of the first things you see as you enter PH!
John Doe June 27, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Those pictures don't lie - after it was cut, the clouds went away and a beautiful blue sky appeared
Other Tim June 27, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Paul: according to the U.S.census, Baltimore had population of 651,154 in 2000. The population dropped to 620,961 in 2010. The flight does indeed continue. Projections are not facts.
Joseph Prucha June 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Someone should also chop down the "Jungle" along Route 43 between the Belair Road entrance road up to Campbell Blvd and Honeygo. It is so overgrown...it's disgraceful looking. And, not to mention all the trash and cigarette butts scattered at the intersection curbs. County needs to regularly use trash sweeper trucks on these roads!
Heather June 28, 2012 at 02:07 AM
That pile of dirt is an eyesore, alright. You said it.
Bill Howard June 28, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I thought that was the peak of Mount Perry Hall.
Bill Howard June 28, 2012 at 02:29 AM
If only people knew what tax money REALLY gets spent on.
Margaret Jason June 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I totally agree with you. This is an ongoing problem and will they ever come back and routinely keep the area mowed. When you walk along Honeygo Blvd, the weeds are unsightly.

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