Street Market/Community Realty Share
Environmental Landscaping Award
With global warming comes
traumatic climate changes in all areas of the world. Whereas some
areas are receiving more rainfall than ever thought possible, other
areas, like Carrboro are receiving record inches of less rainfall.
Community Realty and Weaver Street Market, adjusting well to their
role as community leaders, have taken the bull by the horns, and
developed a landscaping technique that is both stunningly beautiful
and very efficient.
a joint effort between the two mega-organizations in the forefront
of ecological/poor people advocacy, and with a modesty as small
as their success is large, neither organization will take responsibility
for the landscaping, so we at The Carrboro News will give them a
The success of the landscaping
lies in the complex images one sees, depending on whether they are
close or far from the landscaping. From far away, you see a desert
landscape with little tufts of greenery, which offers just enough
green to make it look like a living desert, but not too much that
our precious water resource would have to be wasted on it.
As you move closer to
it, almost before your eyes, it is transformed into a hardwood forest,
that has been clear-cut, with only the bark from the chainsawed
trees left behind. The gravel walkway, replicates the walkways the
happy lumberjacks would trudge down, swinging chainsaws in hand,
as they happily cut down the 200 year old trees to make paper for
our Sunday newspapers.
Maintenance also is as
simple as raking a few globs of bark here or there or blowing it
back in place with a leaf blower turned on to it's highest power,
but that is only necessary in the event of an exceptionally heavy
rainfall when the bark mulch has a tendency to flow down with the
water. Save the watery deluge, this landscaping motif is maintenance
free. In an attempt to limit the maintenance even more, a Carrboro
company is sending it's lumberjacks into the petrified forests of
the Blue Ridge Mountains to cut down some of the trees. "The
petrified bark with it's heavier mass will be more resistant to
the erosive forces of water", explained lumberjack Swade, "Once
we can figure out how to cut more of the petrified wood, I believe
we'll have a nice little solution, but as it stands, we're just
going through way too many chains to make this a profitable venture!".
"The real advantage,
other than the water conservation and ease of maintenance,"
explained the architects of this brilliant idea, "is it's multi-purposefulness
and the ease with which it can be quickly converted to another purpose.
If we need extra parking, we just rake everthing to the side and
presto!- we have eight more parking spaces. We got that idea when
we went to the Hurricanes game and watched them skating on ice,
the very next day we saw a concert on the floor erected over the
The Carroboro News wishes
Swade luck with cutting down the Petrified Forrests and congratulates
Community Realty and Weaver Street Market for their innovation their
approach to water saving landscaping techniques.