An Opportune Moment
People have differing opinions on whether the Occupy LA protestors accomplished their goals during their months-long encampment at LA’s City Hall. What is indisputable is the fact that the grounds surrounding City Hall were trashed by them … leaving barren devastation in place of verdant lawn. The photo above was taken this morning; contrast it with the following photo taken in mid-October:
At this point the tents had been up a week, well before the ultimate boom in protestor population that would take over every square foot of ground with all manner of tent and shelter. Eventually bad weather and overcrowding ensured the worse conditions for the lawn’s survival as the protest dragged on …
Once the protestors were forced to leave, the full scope of their effect on the grounds was clear: the lawn was no more, and talk of restoration began. This was followed by calls for the lawn to be downplayed, if not done away with; native and low-water needs plants were cited as much better replacements for drought-ignorant turf … While it seemed like it took the powers-that-be forever to decide, I’m happy to report that three City Hall landscape plans have been released publicly by the Department of Recreation and Parks. One restores the lawn, but two of them do away with it — one by more than half and one by more than 80 percent! I think this is real progress, not to mention a great opportunity for city leaders to lead by example and show homeowners how to be water-wise.
Below are links to the three restoration options on the table, with their degree of turf reduction. A report in The Times today noted that Plan No. 2 was most-favored … I’m a Plan 3 guy myself, but if we have to settle for Plan 2 so be it. Either one would be a game changer … have a look:
Click here for the official website for the restoration, including other information and a comments box. Weigh-in on the plan you think will be best for Los Angeles … Changing the grounds surrounding City Hall to a water-wise landscape might just be the Occupy protests’ true positive legacy.