There are many images associated with the term "the concrete jungle". The media often characterizes it with pictures of Manhattan skyscrapers. For me, the concrete jungle is what you see in the photos. The scenes above happen to be in my Brooklyn neighborhood but they could be in any row house neighborhood in the world.
There are many reasons why we have concrete row house yards. In my view, the problem is not income but rather education and access to affordable resources to create positive change. There are affordable ways to “greenscape” the row house concrete jungle but they are not readily available.
The old expression is to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. This blog has been my small effort to light a candle. It isn’t really a small effort. It takes a major amount of my time to research and publish this blog and I am not sure it is worth it.
I have come to the realization that there needs to be a bigger candle, a bigger flame because I have learned that the darkness is much darker than I ever imagined. It is almost pitch black.
The darkness I am alluding to is ignorance caused mostly by our broken horticultural education. It is almost devoid of creativity, imagination and modernity. It is stuck in the dirt both literally and figuratively speaking. It is long past time for a bigger candle and change.
The bigger candle is going to be a community-based business. There will be one location to start but it will grow to be a multi-neighborhood venture. The need is obviously there and I have a plan based on four decades of experience. It is time to just do it. The biggest need is young energy. Is that you?