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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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To: Mrs. Don-o
and if he slips and falls....who do you think he would sue?

look...I give loads of credit to the guy. I'm sure he's a nice guy. But we all can't just go out and do whatever we want to because we think it's "nice". This is why we have laws....so we don't govern ourselves on feelings.

Also...my husband is an avid gardener. He would consider 1,000 morning glories as "terrorism". :P

21 posted on 07/07/2013 1:56:41 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: ZinGirl

Who needs to tend Morning Glories? Actually this sems like a good place for them. They take little care.


22 posted on 07/07/2013 1:58:20 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It all comes down to the public unions don’t like the competition


23 posted on 07/07/2013 1:59:13 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think it would be funny if people kept planting things there.

Over and over.

Of course, that would mean drones would be called in...


24 posted on 07/07/2013 2:00:46 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Newbomb Turk
Great movie!


25 posted on 07/07/2013 2:01:07 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This is a prime example of power for power's sake.

The city felt a deep need to ensure that all of the citizenry understood that the government is their master, NOT their servant. This is the type of action that you expect in NK or Cuba, where this type a altruism is seen as nonconformity and nonconformity is seen as a threat.

26 posted on 07/07/2013 2:12:52 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Hoodat
Of course doing nothing would have cost nothing, but then who cares when you’re spending someone else’s money.

Well, doing nothing would actually have cost something down the road. If you look at the picture above of the guy on the escalator next to the plants he donated, you'll see that several of them are already starting to spread out from their little square beds.

Eventually they'd spread to the point where they'd need maintenance to keep in check. Otherwise they'd spread into the escalator, possibly causing all sorts of damage. As someone who suffered through multiple years of non-functional Hell arising from Metro's cost-saving measures when buying new (and really crappy) escalators, I'd rather have Metro putting it's money into required maintenance/upkeep/replacement rather than having to pour it into elective stuff. Walking up the Dupont Circle escalators (which aren't even all that long) during afternoon rush, right into the Sun in 98 degree, high humidity heat will do that :)
27 posted on 07/07/2013 2:13:42 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My Uncle once said that my Aunt bought a 15 cent package of Morning Glory’s and destroyed his whole farm.

They climb the corn stalks choke out the beans and destroy Combines, and cover everything. They are not conducive to farming.


28 posted on 07/07/2013 2:14:54 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: ZinGirl

You are so right, ZG...a momentary
lapse...’cause I love pretty, public places.

i try to guard against “liberalism creep”.

thanks for keeping me in check (ps...i work with a bunch of very sincere, young liberals...it’s a struggle, sometimes, to keep a balance.
speak up/speak out or keep the peace?)

Kg/nancy


29 posted on 07/07/2013 2:22:09 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: ZinGirl
First, the transit authority said they'd respond to the preferences of the local community--- but they didn't. It was "up yours" to the locals.

Second, they spent a sh*tload of money which is in extremely short supply, NOT to clean the human sewage out of the bottoms of all the stairwells, NOT to clear out the tons of paper and discarded-food trash, NOT to erase the gang tags and the filthy obscene graffiti, but to destroy a project which was popular, harmless, and beautiful. They have really idiotic priorities.

Third, the authorities expose the public to risk every day with their dirty and pooly-maintained metro stops. If I were inclined to lawsuits, I'd sue them for exposing me to E. coli.

Fourth, I don't think the Phantom Gardener was using the Convolvulus genus. More likely the Ipomoea. These are actually valuable around public sites. Because of their tolerance for poor, dry soils and their maintenance-free habit of flourishing, they are excellent vines for creating summer shade on building walls, thus keeping the building cooler and reducing heating and cooling costs.

Fifth, I don't think you an assume the planter is a sue-the-city kind of guy. To avoid liability, the bureaucrats could have insisted that he sign a "hold harmless" agreement which would protect them from lawsuit, and everybody would have been a winner.

Now everybody's a loser. Good grief, what a display of duh.

30 posted on 07/07/2013 2:23:38 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: ZinGirl
Perhaps we should wait and see if spontaneous public beautification projects become a real problem. I don't think there is a big threat of people spending 100s or 1000s of dollars of their own money and their own time to "deface" public spaces with flowering plants.

I notice that the government isn’t nearly as concerned about cleaning up gang symbols, graffiti “art”, and trash.

I think I’m correct about their priorities in this matter. What if everyone planted flowers in barren public areas? I suppose we would have better looking public areas. Its not like he removed anything to do this.

31 posted on 07/07/2013 2:23:39 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: krunkygirl

LOL....I was just going to FRmail you to apologize for my snarkiness. I’m not “usually” like that. Can I blame the heat? Thank you for taking it OK. (I posted upthread that my husband HATES morning glory and would consider 1,000 as an act of terrorism. :P)


32 posted on 07/07/2013 2:24:41 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: SampleMan

I know. I get it. Maybe i’m even jealous that he had the gonads to do it. However...if he slips, will he sue DC? This is the society we live in now. The fact that most people think this is a lovely idea he had....what if it was some weirdo who was planting Venus fly traps or poisonous something? “nice” is very subjective.


33 posted on 07/07/2013 2:29:47 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I will totally second your "display of duh". :)

However, you can NEVER assume someone is the "I won't sue" type. There ain't no such animal. (There is the "they probably WON'T sue" type...but never say never. My dear friend is probably in the process of suing someone, potentially thanks to a lawyer...and I still can't get my head around it. She is one who I would definitely have put in the NEVER column)

34 posted on 07/07/2013 2:34:40 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: ZinGirl

You’ve got me laughing!

kg/nancy


35 posted on 07/07/2013 2:38:06 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: windcliff

That’s nothing. I have had to literally crawl inside a corn combine and hack the vines out.


36 posted on 07/07/2013 2:47:17 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I'm so conservative I won't even wear progressive bifocals.)
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To: Hoodat

What movie is that?


37 posted on 07/07/2013 2:50:32 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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38 posted on 07/07/2013 2:51:15 PM PDT by RedMDer (When immigrants cannot or will not assimilate, its really just an invasion. Throw them out!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Third, the authorities expose the public to risk every day with their dirty and pooly-maintained metro stops. If I were inclined to lawsuits, I'd sue them for exposing me to E. coli.

That's more than a bit dramatic. The DC metro is pretty clean, esp when compared to other systems, notably NYC.
39 posted on 07/07/2013 2:51:19 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: ZinGirl

Is English your first language?


40 posted on 07/07/2013 2:52:01 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: ZinGirl
what if it was some weirdo who was planting Venus fly traps or poisonous something? “nice” is very subjective.

I like subjective decisions. Take out bad plants, leave good plants. IMHO, subjective decisions are much better in such cases than zero tolerance policies.

41 posted on 07/07/2013 2:53:13 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Morning glories are weeds. I planted some seeds once, huge mistake, they took over a part of my yard and destroyed a trellis.
Fortunately they are annuals in Wisconsin.


42 posted on 07/07/2013 2:54:57 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: ZinGirl
I've been collecting spanish moss from trips to Savannah and spots in Mississippi when I see it. I've been hanging it in my oaks, dogwoods, magnolias, and such. From what I understand, it once grew here in Memphis but big city pollution killed it off. It's very picky about air quality.

Some of it has established itself. If only the birds would stop stealing it to make nests! But I guess that will spread it to other trees too. I'm hoping to have it hanging all over by the time I die. So I've got that going for me.............

43 posted on 07/07/2013 2:59:25 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: tfecw

OK, I’m not in a position to judge, since I haven’t been in a NYC subway since -— oh goodness, the late 1980’s! I agree, the NYC subway is double-plus-filthy. At least, it was back then.


44 posted on 07/07/2013 3:02:08 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

DC should be planted in poison ivy, with land mines randomly scattered to allow the natives an opportunity to fertilize the new ground cover.


45 posted on 07/07/2013 3:02:14 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: blackdog
I'm hoping to have it hanging all over by the time I die

well...if not, you can always plant morning glory! :)

I spent some years in Florida. My mother loved the Spanish moss. But NOT the kudzu. The rule with planting kudzu is, "drop the seed...then run!"

46 posted on 07/07/2013 3:02:57 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: ZinGirl

” But we all can’t just go out and do whatever we want to because we think it’s “nice”. This is why we have laws....so we don’t govern ourselves on feelings. “

Jawohl! What is not forbidden ist mandatory!


47 posted on 07/07/2013 3:04:36 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

METRO Workers =

Union Members on Sunday Overtime

What’s not to like??? /s

DC is obviously too much awash in OUR MONEY

(watch for METRO to bill the poor guy for the union labor on some sort of anti-littering premise)


48 posted on 07/07/2013 3:06:28 PM PDT by Oscar in Batangas
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To: TsonicTsunami08
Is English your first language?

WTH? where did THAT come from? to answer your question, NO. My native language is morning glory. Next is kudzu. After that, I speak FreeRepublic. I dabbled in teenagerism, but that language was scary and had no meaning.

happy now?

49 posted on 07/07/2013 3:08:23 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: Newbomb Turk

That which is not permitted is prohibited!


50 posted on 07/07/2013 3:09:57 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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