Mr Villaraigosa, rip out that lawn

Posted on | November 16, 2011 | 2 Comments


Occupy LA sign on tree, LA City Hall, October, 2011. No nails used. Photo: Emily Green

Whatever the accomplishments of Occupy L.A. when it finally decamps — or gets evicted — from around City Hall, one positive achievement is already clear: It has killed the lawn.

The Times’ editorial board has harrumphed about the taxpayer expense of replacing one of downtown’s “rare green spaces,” and it worries that the “majestic figs” are at risk. Last week, the Department of Recreation and Parks sent an aggrieved letter to the mayor about signs nailed to trees, broken sprinkler heads and compacted soil. The nails and compacted soil are unfortunate. But really, Rec and Parks is missing the point. Occupy L.A. has given City Hall the chance to walk its talk.

Click here to keep reading my call for climate-appropriate landscaping around LA City Hall in the op-ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. If bile is your cup of tea, do proceed to the comments.



2 Responses to “Mr Villaraigosa, rip out that lawn”

  1. Paula Henson
    November 16th, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    THANK YOU!!! You are absolutely right.

  2. Vacating Occupy LA | Politics Outdoors
    November 26th, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    […] Hall for two months.  (The most interesting achievement, according to an environmental activist, was destroying the environmentally unsound green lawn.)   Throughout the Occupation, the mayor and police chief kept talking to the protesters, […]

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