The grass edging in the little park near the US District Court.

Parks make us feel like we’re experiencing a bit of nature. But those small plots of land near an office building only look like they are natural. Or, if not natural, at least composed of nature. But up close, you see where we’ve forced nature to bend to our will. The grass edging provides a well-defined division between grass and not grass. Everything in its place. Controlled.

No wonder these spaces are some of the most sterile around. We’ve removed everything that supports anything not us. They’re pretty. They make us feel good about ourselves. But that’s about it.



James Smith