Can we Plant...?
People sometimes ask us:
For better or worse, what we can plant, and who can decide, is constrained by both street conditions and city policy.
It's a (Polluted) Desert Out There
The plants have to be hearty:
It's Hard to Maintain Medians
It’s relatively easy to get people excited about planting their street for one day, but quite a bit harder to get them to weed and replant and report what’s wrong over the long haul. Plants have to be very low-maintenance—again keeping in mind issues such as jaywalking and theft.
Variety Slows Traffic
One of the primary goals of the median planting is to slow traffic, and varying the vegetation is a way to do this. (In general, the straighter and wider a road, the less carefully drivers use the roadway.) So, for instance, the palm trees on Dolores look like utility poles to drivers and have little traffic-calming affect.
The City has Rules
The plants—and the plans—must be approved by the city. Because it’s in the middle of the road:
There are Financial Constraints
The plants and trees are paid for by the neighborhood—not by the city—so there is financial constraint on what can be planted. If other plants would cost more than is available, more money has to be raised.
There ARE natives out there
There are natives in the existing plantings (nasella cernua, duddleya caespitosa and duddleya hassei, for example).
Many Thanks to Flora Grubb
We get the designs and plants—at cost—from Flora Grubb Gardens. Flora and her landscape design team have gone well out of their way to help us both physically and financially with Greening Guerrero (it would have been impossible without their help).