gardens in NYC
Diane Cooner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun, 16 May 1999 21:11:30 -0700
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There were buildings. They were torn down. There were vacant lots. They
Garden-minded people turned the eyesores into beautiful places that
sustained life. All in the eye of the beholder! A barren lot becomes an
oasis - and modern human sees dollar signs instead of Eden.
When are we going to get it? A parcel is worth nothing until someone
finds and brings out its beauty. And then there's a mad rush to put a
price on it and make a financial killing.
In my neighborhood, we have roadside spaces. Just a wide spot in the
road. Someone comes by, opens their van, and starts selling stuff.
People stop by, and buy stuff, and think it's great. The barren spot
becomes a magnet for local activity.
The county steps in. "Sorry, you're not paying for this space!". Signs
go up, all activity is ceased by threat of fine. The next step is
paving, more signs, and now we have a "park and ride" space, where we
had some local commerce and some interesting colorful community before.
Is this really an improvement?
I liked checking out the local stuff for sale.
Just like I'm sure the local neighborhoods in NYC liked having fresh
food available where there used to be broken glass and trash.
I think the gardens in NYC were better ideals, but we've both lost the
Choice. Not only that, the bastards are taxing us for it.
Take a stand, people! Show your support for free spaces and LOCAL,
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