Detroit's Department of D.I.Y.

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wkmac, May 13, 2013.

  1. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    For some Detroit services, call the D.I.Y. Dept.
     
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    I cringed when someone in the article stated they were concerned that "volunteerism" should be watched closely because only government should be doing certain things.
    Enforcing and administering the laws is the only thing that comes to mind.
    ​Everything else is good.
     
  3. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Yeah, without the state around, don't we great unwashed know we are suppose to devolve in horrific creatures like the zombie apocalypse. But then this also answers the great question thrown out to those who advocate a very small or no state at all in that "Who will cut the grass?" I think we have our answer.

    I live on a major watershed tributary and because of flooding, a number of homes were bought up, torn down and turned into green space. Local gov't told us they would keep up these lots but you know how those promises go. When in a couple of months of the first year it became obvious so a bunch of us neighbors took over the upkeep, retirees did some incredible landscape work and now these green spaces act as neighborhood social spots that we've been doing this nearly 10 years. We even put in several community food gardens that are working very well. We all laugh when we stand around looking at our work and realizing we missed the memo in regards to the tragedy of the commons!
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  4. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Furthermore, lawn grass is not natural and should not be included in greenspace.
    I like the idea of community gardens.

    I'm working on converting my inherited lawn into a natural state.
     
  5. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Check out permaculture. I've become a huge fan. And I agree about lawns completely.