By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Four young men spent three days cleaning up an overgrown traffic triangle at Northeast 41st Avenue and Wistaria Drive. Now they are thinking about flowers to plant in the future.
The project started one day when Ryan Mealy, 21, a University of Portland student, called the city to see about getting a crew to weed and trim shrubbery in the triangle. After several days, no one from the city showed up, so Mealy enlisted the help of his brothers, Logan, 20, another U of P student, and Kevin, 14, who will be a Grant High School freshman. Ben Constantino, his friend from the university, joined the group.
After they began trimming and weeding, Ryan Mealy made another call to the city, which sent a crew with equipment to haul away debris. The city also sent over bags of mulch, which the Mealys and Constantino spread in the triangle.
At one time, they were told, a neighbor had taken care of the triangle but no longer was available for the upkeep. To maintain their handiwork, Ryan Mealy arranged a watering system for the triangle, said his mother, Diane Mealy. Another neighbor asked her if she had encouraged the young men to clean up the triangle.
“No, I didn’t,” she said. “They did it on their own. I think it’s really cool, coming home from work and seeing an improvement every day.”