on sidewalks and seedbombs

I’m thinking about changing the name of this site to: Mark Maynard’s ‘What I’m Doing Tonight Instead of Blogging Blog.’

Tonight, the plan is to go to bed early and read today’s “New York Times Magazine.” It’s on cities. So far, I’ve just skimmed it, but it looks really good. I’m particularly looking forward to the articles on Dubai and urban guerrilla gardening. (I love that the “New York Times” is advocating for “seedbombs.”) The only part that I’ve read so far is the interview with Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogot

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  1. Posted June 9, 2008 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I’m sure some greenies might object but, as an urban UBU I’ve made it a rule never to live anywhere without sidewalks or streetlights, which, thankfully, excludes many suburbs. I remember visting a friend in the D.C. suburb of Bethesda and staying in his house when he went to work. “So where can I walk to from here while you’re gone?” I asked. “Walk? You can’t walk ANYWHERE from here.” In fact there was a nice coffee shop in a strip mall not too far but he’d never even thought of hoofing it…

  2. Katy
    Posted June 9, 2008 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I’m up for some seed bombing. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile now, just haven’t gotten to the action part. My own yard could use a big ‘ol seed bomb, come to think of it.

  3. Paw
    Posted June 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Seed Bombs, back in my college days, were plastic baggies filled with semen. We’d throw them the pledges.

  4. Suzie
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    >some greenies

    Those greenies would be confused then – if we all lived where services are, then we’d have LOTS more nature and more open farmland. (And lots of other ancillary benefits.) Sprawl is not cool.

  5. Ol' E Cross
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    After a lot of research, I’ve discovered the perfect plant for your seedbombs.

    They’re nutritious, hardy, incredibly reproductive and even grow in sidewalks.

  6. mark
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I was going to link to a photo of the giant radioactive vegetables from Gilligan’s Island (also seen is Sleeper) but I can’t find an image anywhere.

    Fucking internet.

  7. Posted June 10, 2008 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Where does one get cannabis seed? Then the next question is, where best to drop such a seedbomb: One’s friends or one’s enemies?

    Ann Arbor, home to the hash bash comes to mind, of course. But then, is that too cliche’?

  8. Lisele
    Posted June 12, 2008 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I have a recipe for seed balls (note the pacifist version of the concept). No one will be surprised.

  9. Andy C
    Posted June 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I feed seeds to my dogs then walk them around town. Does that count as seed bombing?

  10. Robert
    Posted June 12, 2008 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I think the Yankee Air Museum rents out their B-17 at a pretty reasonable hourly rate.

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