- (Midwestern US) The grassy area between the sidewalk and the street.
1998, D. Gail Abbey, U.S. Landscape Ordinances: An Annotated Reference Handbook:
- Detached sidewalks generally occur in residential areas and are normally separated from the curb by a tree lawn.
Designation of this area varies significantly from dialect to dialect; some dialects and idiolects do not include a term for this area, and instead use a circumlocution. The most common designations are "planting strip", "parking strip", "nature strip" and "tree lawn".
(grassy area between sidewalk and street): berm (regional, with other meanings), curb strip, devil strip / devil's strip (Akron, Ohio), nature strip (Australia), parking strip, planting strip, sidewalk buffer, utility strip, verge (England, Australia, New Zealand), neutral ground
- ^ The triumph of slang (dead link) , John A. C. Greppin, 2002-02-01
- ^ Full Metal Racket: The perverse thrill of metal detecting, the world's worst hobby., by Emily Yoffe, Slate, 2003-08-18, refers to the area as “the grassy strip that runs along the street side of many D.C. sidewalks”.