"What’s the point of having a big old lawn anyway," asked Monica Jackson, 36. "I hate mowing and being outside with all those bugs and weeds." Thus are small lawns now viewed as an asset, part of a "low-maintenance lifestyle" being marketed by realtors, I learned in today’s Washington Post.
America’s obsession with the lawn apparently began as people came out of the Depression and wanted to show their wealth with gentry-emulating lawns, but now this status symbol has become a "burdensome chore." And an acknowledgement of the sorry state of the American landscape, such as it is, is exactly in line with what’s called New Urbanism and its star principle – smart growth. Its star community – Seaside, Florida – is practically lawnless.
Notice how well this segues from Michele’s article today about the Ecopolis? I say yes, let people who don’t care about land not have any; they’re happier in tall boxes, anyway. But let’s the rest of us put our land to better use than just lawn and hard surfaces. Personally, I’m a big proponent of stuffing the space with gorgeous, healthy plants with hundreds of different names. Gardening matters, ya know.Posted by Susan Harris on June 25, 2006 at 5:26 pm, in the category Shut Up and Dig.