We are on artificial turf

We are on artificial turf, folks, pretending that what we are doing as a society is good and healthy and sustainable (or knowing that what we are doing is not, and either feeling powerless to change it or simply operating from a different set of expectations for how our world can be). Here is the…

Plastic places

So I have discovered enough of a pattern happening to start a new photo essay. I call this one Plastic Places, and it features both private and public spaces covered with artificial turf. It joins A Streetcar Named Aspire, the Art of Bike Riding, the View from the Handlebars, At the End of Holderness Street,…

Build me up, buttercup, just to let me down

So I see this gorgeous field of buttercups (as I was Traveling at the Speed of Bike to see the last of the peach trees my 90-year-old friend planted five years ago, hanging heavy with fruit, before they are chopped down shortly by the city). I smile and burst into song (Build Me Up, Buttercup,…

More fake

Oh, for goodness, sake — am I the only person who is concerned about the increasing amount of fake (and potentially toxic) turf being installed literally everywhere? Dog parks, ball fields, public open spaces (which can no longer be called greenspaces), private rooftop patios (such as on the brand-new and largest Whole Foods in the…

New attacks of artifice

I see new attacks of artifice almost every time I’m out Traveling at the Speed of Bike. Dog parks, ball fields, playgrounds, public greenspaces, everywhere. Suburban, urban, you name it — artificial turf is out of control*. Is anyone giving this crap creep any thought? Is this really what we’ve become? If interested, please see Real…

Play here?

Dog parks. Playgrounds. Soccer fields at transit stations. Baseball fields at schools. “Greenspaces” at the center of “Live! Work! Play!” developments masquerading as town squares. Artificial turf is seemingly everywhere, and I seem to be the only one concerned about children (and dogs) who play here. See my post titled Real Talk about Artificial Turf.

Real talk about artificial turf

My suburb-city recently cut down 300 trees to install two artificial turf playing fields at a public middle school (see Stumped). These are being used for sports leagues at night and on weekends, and for PE classes during the weekdays. More are about to be added in the park across the street. My children are…

Stumped

I didn’t intend to go by the middle school where 300 trees were cut down this week to make room for artificial turf. I had driven to the park (since I don’t ride my bike on the streets in this suburb-city anymore) and was just knocking out a quick six miles by riding in circles…