To Trust Or Not To Trust An Untrustworthy Neighbor
A neighbor wants us all to donate money to fund a ‘green project’ on our street. He says it will cost $10,000 to dig up the old cement sidewalk, plant the greenery, and replace the sidewalk. It seems like a lot of money, but it will create a long evergreen hedge to block an unseemly asphalt parking lot enclosed by a wire fence. He made no mention of upkeep in terms of trimming and pruning this hedge of vines – nicknamed by botanists as the wintertime creeper – to keep them tidy and healthy. When asked. he said he would pay for the yearly maintenance.
Our problem is this: twice in the past this neighbor volunteered to do something nice for the neighborhood and then reneged. Neither time were neighbors asked to donate money. Both times we waited patiently for him to make good, but with no results.
–Name and location withheld
Your worry should be less about whether or not the leader of the 'green project' will follow up with his promise, than whether your neighborhood really needs this particular 'green project.'