Years ago, our neighbor to the back threatened to remove the hedges. For whatever reason, it never happened...until this week. I heard someone running a chainsaw and saw that the hedges were being removed. This was confirmed yesterday, when the neighbor stopped over to let Brian know.
In the spring, new hedges will be planted (supposedly), but I have to think it will be quite some time until they are effective. And, we will likely be out of here by the point of effectiveness. In the meantime, I guess I will have to glare at the neighbor when I see him from the back yard.
If there's any plus side to this, it's that it is getting pretty shady in the back due to all of the mature shade trees on our and neighboring properties, so at least my garden will get a little more sun.