There's a growing trend in the neighborhood to fencing in front yards. I remember a few years ago when one got enclosed like a fort with a wall of horizontal wooden chunks of wood resembling railway sleepers/ties, it looked odd to me. Another one that sold last year just had its picket fence replaced with a similar construction, and they also barred the driveway with a high triple gate construction to match. I realize now that various kinds of fences have been going up, or replacing rickety old fences, up and down the streets this year. Conversely, while I was off work last week, the piece of land at Pastoria and El Camino where the Yule tree and Hallowe'en pumpkin sales take place has had its tall metal fence ripped out (together with the plantings and sprinkler system on the sidewalk side; bits of pipe are lying in what's left of the grass), and the paving stones are being pried up for salvage. Fence and paving were both added less than 10 years ago. The fast-food restaurant next door is shuttered and the strip mall behind it has signs in all the store windows. Apparently the city allowed the yet-another-hotel project to go forward.