My, this IS depressing – the news that Londoners are paving over their gardens for parking spaces. And if the ENGLISH don’t give a fig for growing plants, who does? Simon Burch reports in the Financial Times a 30 percent loss of green space in London as a result.
Pave-overs have been in the news in my part of the world, too. A town in Northern Virginia passed a law prohibiting them, in response to the trend among immigrants living as large families with lots of cars. So of course it’s politically charged, but there’s no disagreement that paver-overs result in increased run-off and the likelihood of flooding.
But back to Simon Burch’s article. He goes to tell us the history of the front yard and make it quite interesting.
Then my favorite part is when he says that my town offers "daring inspiration" and "ostentatious challenges to the normally sedate British front. " Hey, that sounds like fun. Brings back nice memories of tooling around Richmond, Virginia in full hippie regalia in the late ‘6o.