Benches Foster Community on Wickenden

In early September, ten decorative benches appeared at tree wells spanning Wickenden Street in Fox Point, from the NAVA store at the west (near the Coffee Exchange) to The Shop at the east, across from Vartan Gregorian School. The benches represent the culmination of a joint project spearheaded by Vin Scorziello, president of the Wickenden Area Merchants Association (and owner of Campus Fine Wines) and Jonathan Harris, design professor at Johnson & Wales University. In early 2016, Scorziello and Harris developed the idea of “conversation trees” for the neighborhood. “We thought that by putting benches at the tree wells,” Scorziello explained, “we could protect the trees and at the same time

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