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Windsor Going Wild!

After my last depressing post, I thought I should draw your attention to something a little more inspirational!  Take a minute and read this post about an unexpected side-effect of Windsor’s long strike.

In brief, as the strike wore on through spring and into summer, previously neatly trimmed parks and soccer pitches began to grow over.  People complained at how untidy it looked.  At first.  Then, as the grasses matured and wild flowers bloomed, and as birds and butterflies filled the air, people started to find it pleasing.  Indeed, the response was so positive that apparently the city has decided to leave several hundred acres of city parks unmown.

A very interesting point made in the afore-linked blog entry is that people’s perceptions very quickly changed about the nature of parks.  What was initially viewed as unkempt, when relabeled ‘Naturalized Area’ suddenly became a wild-life refuge, to be embraced and enjoyed!  It makes me wonder at what other paradigms could be so simply shifted…

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  1. Perhaps, with any luck, this might persuade some of those homeowners obsessed with their lawns to just let them be. That would accomplish several things immediately….it would diminish the air and noise pollution from the gas lawnmowers, and it would provide a natural habitat for the birds and other wildlife.
    Any bets on that happening though?!

  2. I don’t think Toronto has kept any of the ‘naturalized’ areas since our garbage strike ended. Everywhere has been slashed down.

    The big road sinkhole on Finch just east of Dufferin resulted in the draining of the dammed lake at the Ross Lord Park. I doubt there was any concern for the artificial ecology they disrupted. We’ve had a mud desert there for the last few weeks.

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