Skip to comments.Metro rips out Phantom Planterís flowers at Dupont Circle station
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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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.
No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.
frankly, who does this guy think he is? Was he going to tend it?
D.C. can rest easy now that this anarchist and his vandalism have been excised.
White boy Tag!
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.
Obey you must !
But don’t bother cleaning up the smithsonian stop or all the garbage and papers at the entrances and stairways at all the stops.
oh stop, it was a nice thing that he did
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?
These are the domesticated Morning Glories not the invasive wild Morning Vine that only Roundup will kill...
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.
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.
If you want something truly screwed up you must involve government.
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.
The man has 30 years' successful experience in planting and tending public ornamental sites.
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.
“It’s got some wang to it”
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
Who needs to tend Morning Glories? Actually this sems like a good place for them. They take little care.
It all comes down to the public unions don’t like the competition
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...
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
You’ve got me laughing!
That’s nothing. I have had to literally crawl inside a corn combine and hack the vines out.
What movie is that?
Is English your first language?
I like subjective decisions. Take out bad plants, leave good plants. IMHO, subjective decisions are much better in such cases than zero tolerance policies.
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.
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.............
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.
DC should be planted in poison ivy, with land mines randomly scattered to allow the natives an opportunity to fertilize the new ground cover.
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!"
” 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!
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)
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.
That which is not permitted is prohibited!