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Metro rips out Phantom Planterís flowers at Dupont Circle station
Washington Post ^ | 7-7-13 | Robert McCartney

Posted on 07/07/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

It turns out I underestimated Metro bureaucrats’ capacity for folly.

Two weeks ago, I wrote that the transit system would look silly if it let perish 1,000 flowers planted secretly at the Dupont Circle station by local garden artist Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter.

I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: dctransitsystem; flowers; landscape; metro; phantomplanter
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Henry Docter, 52, of NW, D.C., is photographed next to the Morning Glories he planted at the Dupont Metro North Station on June 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

1 posted on 07/07/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; Red_Devil 232; tubebender; JustaDumbBlonde; rightly_dividing; ...

No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.


2 posted on 07/07/2013 1:26:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
1,000 morning glories = complete overkill. Plant one...within hours there are a thousand.

frankly, who does this guy think he is? Was he going to tend it?

3 posted on 07/07/2013 1:27:20 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

D.C. can rest easy now that this anarchist and his vandalism have been excised.


4 posted on 07/07/2013 1:27:21 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

White boy Tag!


5 posted on 07/07/2013 1:30:14 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: ZinGirl

You are so right. They overtake the trees in my neighborhood. My arms itch like crazy when I have to pull it off my fence.


6 posted on 07/07/2013 1:30:31 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Not sanctioned by the Obama Nation !

Obey you must !

7 posted on 07/07/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Invasive the vine as it is in our government. When do we get to rip the vines strangling us?

How appropriate.

8 posted on 07/07/2013 1:32:53 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

But don’t bother cleaning up the smithsonian stop or all the garbage and papers at the entrances and stairways at all the stops.


9 posted on 07/07/2013 1:33:38 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: ZinGirl

oh stop, it was a nice thing that he did


10 posted on 07/07/2013 1:34:22 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: krunkygirl
so now we're going on "just do nice things, even if you are trespassing or making your own judgment on 'nice'"?

I ask again....was he going to tend it? Did he make this "nice" gesture and except DC to take care of it? Was it in their budget to do so? When it overtakes the escalator (which it would if it isn't tending), who pays for repairs?

11 posted on 07/07/2013 1:37:25 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

These are the domesticated Morning Glories not the invasive wild Morning Vine that only Roundup will kill...


12 posted on 07/07/2013 1:39:45 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: Newbomb Turk
Funny story.

We had a circle about 150' in diameter as part of a traffic flow pattern in a residential Philadelphia neighborhood. It was full of weeds, trash, rats, and all sorts of untidiness. It was that way for years. The city would cut it once a year.

Our neighborhood got together and hit the whole thing with roundup, tilled it, planted it with annuals and perennials, and ground covers. We threw in a few brick pathways and two benches to rest.

We got fined for $5,000 per day until it was all removed. They waited until we were finished and letters of praise came into the city for their splendid work from motorists.

We had no authority to do such a thing. We did not have a DOT approved list of allowed plants. We did not have any surveying or erosion analysis. The benches they claimed were a hazard.

So now the city redoes the project. They spent over $300,000 to do far less what we did for about $1,000 and equity sweat of about fifty of the neighborhood volunteers.

That's how gubmint works.

13 posted on 07/07/2013 1:42:50 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Going wit the further invasive species idea, he should have planted:

1.) Kudzu

2.) Bamboo

3.) A few "Trees of Paradise"

After that, sit back and watch it all devour D.C. like something out of a sci-fi movie.

LOL.

14 posted on 07/07/2013 1:45:35 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: blackdog

If you want something truly screwed up you must involve government.


15 posted on 07/07/2013 1:48:07 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: blackdog

I notice Metro waited until Sunday to send workers out, paying those union workers double-time for destruction that could have been done the following day at half the cost. Of course doing nothing would have cost nothing, but then who cares when you’re spending someone else’s money.


16 posted on 07/07/2013 1:49:00 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: Newbomb Turk
Lawrence
Lawrence of Arabia
He's an English guy
Came to fight the Turkish

17 posted on 07/07/2013 1:50:43 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: ZinGirl
Actually, yes: he was going to tend it.

The man has 30 years' successful experience in planting and tending public ornamental sites.

18 posted on 07/07/2013 1:50:45 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( My short term memory isn't what it used to be. Also, my short term memory isn't what it used to be.)
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To: SIDENET
My wife once planted four o'clocks in my garden. It took the better part of three years to finally rid them.

My dog eats tomatoes. I stopped planting them and they show up all over my gardens every year. A sewage plant worker once told me that the best tomato plants you can get are the ones that grow out of the mounds of sewage sludge they heap up to compost at municipal sewage treatment sites. They pop up from the poop by the thousands.

19 posted on 07/07/2013 1:54:13 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Hoodat

“It’s got some wang to it”


20 posted on 07/07/2013 1:54:29 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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