Something really bothers me when I go to Stoke-on-Trent. Its all those development sites. Rubble. Litter. At least the colonising weeds are trying to cover it up a bit. Thank you Mother Nature!
Never the less it seems to me that until the economy turns around, and these sites are worth developing (lets not be naive here, they aren't future parks or green spaces, there's too much money at stake) these displeasing piles of rubble and litter will blight ouir lives.
For example, Broad St, behind Tesco's. What worse an advert to OUR city than the rubbish strewn site that was the cinema. It's marketed as the cultural quarter...lets make it a 'horti'cultural quarter while we're at it. Or the regeneration area at Shirley St. For goodness sake, people (SCC tax payers) pass that everyday. I boggle at the impression it makes on tourists, let alone locals taht have to live with it.
I'm not just whining, though. I have a suggestion. Is it beyond our capabilities to create MEADOWS IN THE MEANTIME? Mid April, the perfect time to seed bomb and create a meadow in time for the summer. I know what I'm planning to do about it. Get in touch if you feel the same. The Guerrilla Gardeners of New York had the right idea...make the protest, but say it with flowers!