The Facebook page titled "We Say Yes to Blueprint Columbus" might appear to be aimed at residents of Clintonville who like rain gardens, instead of despising them.

Not quite.

"This is a satirical group devoted to the overboardedness of the Clintonville neighborhood resistance to the city-funded rain garden project," founder Jonathan Lindell wrote in the page's introduction.

While overboardedness isn't a word, it exactly fits how some people have reacted, in the opinion of Lindell, who again employed satire in his email subject line to ThisWeek Booster: "Alternative viewpoints on the mosquito death pond gardens."

The rain gardens -- popping up in public rights of way across Clintonville in an area mostly east of High Street, stretching from Glencoe Road to Morse Road -- work by filtering rainwater through layers of stone, soil and plants before it drains into the Olentangy River.

Lindell said he was inspired to start the Facebook page by the "ridiculous objections" to the rain gardens from his neighbors. Some of those objections have included perceived safety issues, poor aesthetics and the potential for lower property values

The page had drawn 23 members as of Oct. 30.

While Lindell is not exactly trying to create a fan club for the most visible aspect of the Blueprint Columbus project -- the ongoing approach to reduce the amount of pollution that flows into the river -- there are some residents who like the installations, others who don't mind them, and still others willing to take one for the team and accept the inevitable.

David Kerst of Northridge Road falls into the latter category.

"I guess if it's to the overall benefit of Clintonville, I guess I'm in favor of it," he said.

Kerst was told a rain garden would be built in the right of way in front of his home, and a tree would have to be removed to accommodate it.

"I wasn't thrilled with that," he said.

But in negotiating with city officials, the garden was shortened and the tree spared, Kerst said.

"At least they're trying to work with us," he said. "I see it as a benefit to people who are being flooded out. I don't have that problem with water, so it's not a particular benefit to me, but I'm willing to help the other folks.

"I'm OK with it. If it has to be done, I'm OK with it. I can't speak for my neighbors, although I hear them talking, especially the Glenmont folks. I can see they're thinking on that, but they're in and we've got to live with it."

Glenmont Avenue was among the first Clintonville streets to see rain gardens, and among the most visible, with several constructed just east of High Street.

"I have a huge rain garden in my front yard," Glenmont resident Deb Raita said.

"It doesn't bother me. There are times it looks quite attractive. I think it's an innovative way to deal with the storm water that used to rush down the street."

Raita, who said she hopes the "bump-out" gardens on her street will slow traffic, doesn't understand how some of her neighbors can claim to have been blindsided when the rain gardens began to be installed in the spring.

"It was a matter of paying attention to the information that came to the house and then going to the information sessions," she said. "I think a lot of people just threw the information away or they didn't have the time or take the time to go to the sessions.

"With any issue, the people who are vocal are the people who are against it. People who are satisfied or they don't care one way or the other, they just sit back."

Springs Drive resident Vickie Van Der Kar has four completed rain gardens on her street.

"They're looking beautiful," she said.

"My husband and I are pleased with the results. It serves a good purpose."

Van Der Kar said she and her husband, Walter, have been following the developments of Blueprint Columbus since 2015, and felt well-prepared when the work began.

"I think changes can be very difficult for some people, and this represents a big change," Vickie Van Der Kar said. "Even though it's city right of way, homeowners have maintained the property, improved it, spent money on it for years, so a form of quasi-ownership has taken place.

"There's been a learning curve for everyone involved: the city, the contractors, the homeowners."

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