Saturday, April 30, 2011

Beautiful flower in your garden
But the most beautiful by far
Is the one growing wild in the garbage dump
Even here, even here, we are
- Paul Westerberg
“Even Here We Are” (14 Songs, 1993)

The fact is that urban landscapes are just too mixed up, chaotic, and confused to fit our established notions of beauty and value in nature. … Maybe it’s not really nature at all, not a real ecosystem, just a bunch of weeds and exotics mixed up with human junk.
John Tallmadge, The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City (2004) p. 42-43.

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