Oh Oh Wendy. Be careful. You could be breathing new life into the "Dogpatch" thread, and you know what happened last time!
I can handle the weeds and tall grass better than I can the junked cars that seem to be stashed in about 40% of the yards in Miles City and 80% of the vacant lots (including those on North 7th Street and both entrances from I-94).
I wonder why Miles Citians aren't more concerned about our community laying out that kind of a welcome mat? Don't people realize that like people, city's only get one chance to make a good first impression? And, as Wendy described, that impression makes the difference between people wanting to stop and get a closer look (and maybe a meal, or a book, or a keepsake) --- or lock the doors and keep moving through.
I remember one of the criticisms leveled at the mayor for enforcing the City's ordinances forbidding junked cars from being stored on open property. The person advised the mayor to stop hassling people to clean up their properties and instead focus on bringing new companies to Miles City to create better jobs. The critical connection between making a place ATTRACTIVE and being able to ATTRACT new jobs was obviously lost on this individual.