|I find the sound of leaf blowers a bit grating...|
Photo courtesy of Guian Bolisay
This post will be a (brief) rant.
I came across a couple of interesting blog posts on the Interwebs recently.
One dealt with the phenomenon of what we might politely call car-centric architecture. Or bluntly call a Snout House.
The other showcased a comparison of American suburban streetscapes (sprawling, dominated by lawn) and European streetscapes (compact, no front lawn to speak of).
Both posts were fun, trenchant reads.
|Apparently lawns are only able to support plastic life forms...|
Photo courtesy of JD Hancock
So, here's my question to you all:
Is it too late?
|Is this the ideal landscape for many Americans?|
Photo courtesy of Tiger Pixel
Are we too far gone down that path of suburban soullessness where each house shall be fronted by a sea of green grass (or weeds) to be beaten each week into submission by the loud, whirring, pollution-spewing lawnmower (+ edger/trimmer + blower)?
|Just blowing some leaves...and dirt...and perhaps some dust, fecal matter, fungi, chemicals, spores, lead, etc. etc.|
Photo courtesy of Dale
Or is there a chance that someday these green carpets - lifeless except for the amputated grass blades, drenched with fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides - will be replaced with a rich array of trees, shrubs and perennials buzzing and twittering (not Tweeting) with life?
I know which future I'd prefer. But I suspect I'm in the minority.
|Attack of the Blower People?|
Someone call Mulder and Scully!
Photo courtesy of Surat Lozowick