Tag Archives: landscaping

Transforming an eyesore into eye-candy


Similar to the image above, the vast majority of highway and railroad underpasses across the country are the epitome of sterile concrete and overgrown weeds.  Left as underutilized vacant space, they hardly engender any sort of warmth or welcome, particularly … Continue reading

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Your community is dumpy when…


Landfill acreage exceeds park acreage. There are residents with the first name of Humpty. No refuse is refused. People can smell it before they arrive. Pig Pen is Mayor. Junk and salvage yards are welcome in any zoning district. Activities … Continue reading

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Turning the bland into grand


As an avid bicycle commuter who resides in a community where bikes are permitted to ride along certain roadside paved pathways (sidewalks of 7-8 feet wide), I find the gray blandness of most sidewalks/pathways to be quite boring and uninspiring. … Continue reading

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“Beautiful landscaping IS an economic development tool”


I heard the quote which comprises the title of this post on the April 24, 2012 Tuesday’s at APA (Chicago) podcast. All I can say is bravo, bravo! I could not agree more. Some communities pride themselves on their aesthetic … Continue reading

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Adding grace to place


Below are listed sixteen sweet ideas for adding grace to a place. Some of these ideas may sound like simple steps, but I am always amazed how few American communities actually employ them on a regular basis as a way of gracing … Continue reading

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