Some of the sidewalks and paths lead people right by ground floor windows. It's an uncomfortable experience for everyone involved. On the inside, there's a impact on privacy. On the outside, we found ourselves straining to look straight ahead so that we made it clear that we weren't trying to peer into peoples apartments.
Plants are really good at creating buffers. They give people something to look at instead of one another. We've started to imagine small flowering shrubs and trees between the windows and the paths. We will be looking for species that allow light to pass through into the ground floor apartments while making these tight spaces feel less awkward.
Redbuds, Dogwoods, and Shad all grow well in small spaces around the neighborhood. When you look around the neighborhood, do you see any good examples of buffers in front of windows that we should go look at?