Many of you know that I used to live in this house at 620 W. Cabarrus, just up the street from Rosengarten Park. Back in fall of 1998, my wife Amy brought home the last stunted tree from the sale rack at Lowes. It cost $12.50. Its crooked trunk was only an inch thick, and it had about 3 leaves. We planted it in the median opposite the 20 year old crepe myrtle. Each spring I would gauge its growth by sitting on the porch visually measuring its height in relation to the porch rail. Yesterday I was driving down Florence St on the way to Rosengarten and was stunned to see the tree in full bloom, way taller then the porch rail, taller then the much older crepe myrtle and towering over the house itself. While it might seem absurd, I take a great deal of pride in this tree. I find it symbolic of the way our efforts to improve this small corner of the city have taken on a life of their own and it makes me look forward to the future when I will drive down the streets in Rosengarten Park and see all the improvements and life the new residents will bring to the area in the years to come.