"This is simply unacceptable," proclaimed the head of the County Council in Fairfax, VA (a suburb of DC) about unmowed grass along public roads. "It gives people the impression that their government isn’t doing its job and doesn’t care."
According to a recent article in the Washington Post that’s not available on line, "Hundreds of complaints were pouring in," and it’s an election year for the county! Another office-holder said: "It is so awful. It is unsafe. It is unsightly." And it’s not just aesthetics that are at stake; others are complaining that sight lines are obstructed.
Actually, mowing along highways isn’t even the county’s job – it’s the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation, which is having a funding crisis and decreased the mowings to 3 per season. But residents THINK the unmown grass is the fault of their elected county officials, so those officials are anxious about it.
Now how does all this square with a recent article in Landscape Architecture Magazine about highway vegetation, which cited a survey finding that people "prefer the view" when highways are mowed less frequently and have "natural vegetation"? Maybe just not in Virginia?