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May 12, 2004

Green Roofscapes Chicago

Recently, my Dad was telling me about a new push in Chicago for rooftop gardening. The benefits are many--moderating temperatures, less rain run-off, cutting down smog, and lots of relaxation potential.

In general, people in Ukraine love to garden. Fresh vegetables and flowers are valued. People who have dachas go every weekend. The parks and gardens in the city are well-maintained and enjoyed. And as the country transitions from the old Soviet system, I think the environmental impact would be very beneficial.

It's an idea that I'd love to see the contractors in Kyiv latch onto. I don't know the technical/architectural details of whether roof-top gardens could be integrated into the older high-rise neighborhoods. But if the newer buildings were designed to include rooftop gardens, they would be a hit with the residents and a benefit to the city.


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Across the street from our building: We could use some green, huh?

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What a view! It really does need some green. Did you ever get your window boxes? After I recommended petunias to you, I learned that they are the particular favorite for window boxes in your neck of the woods. :-)

Posted by: Kelly at May 12, 2004 07:02 AM

Do you still have that tree from Christmas to plant?

Posted by: Carol at May 12, 2004 01:03 PM

Actually, I was just out trying to find some window boxes that will work with the way our windows and window bars are. I bought some that don't work--but Hubby thinks he knows how to modify them. I'm planning on going to my favorite market Fri or Sat to buy flowers to plant. I'll definitely get the petunias!

And we DID get the Christmas tree planted! But one of the dhorniya (lady door guards) thought it looked to dry, and pulled it up and threw it away. Even though the lady who helped us plant it said it was fine.

Oh, and right now, we have green grass around some of the buildings, and there *are* trees and plants around--they are still young, though.

On grey winter days, our neighborhood does look like this b&w photo. Thankfully, it looks a bit nicer in the spring!

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 12, 2004 04:26 PM

Even though I was there in the summer, when there was a little color, that photo still looks like what I remember. Little flower gardens are lost under those monstrous mostly gray concrete boxes. I applaud your efforts, though- it should at least improve the view from within!

Posted by: Lenise at May 12, 2004 04:51 PM

Kelly,

Do you know if petunias do well with quite a bit of direct afternoon sunlight?

Lenise,

The downtown area with the old trees, the parks, and such really are pretty. It's the newer areas that are so grey.

Besides the green roofs idea, I'ld love to pitch to the city council, the idea of painting the older buildings in mediterranean hues. Wouldn't that be great? The newer buildings already have more color, but ones like ours are just grey concrete block with black streaks where they've repaired cracks.

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 13, 2004 06:08 AM


 
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