Beautification
Status: Approved

"Lots" of Flowers

Submitted By:
ahug
on 12.01.12

ahug

"Lots" of Flowers

"Lots" of Flowers is a project that will reduce crime, discourage littering and gang-related graffiti, boost resident moral, raise property values, encourage urban development, and beautify the city of St. Louis.

StL is plagued with a plethora of vacant lots throughout its downtown area. Many of these areas are ridden with litter, crime, and graffiti--all which reduce the desirability of our city as a whole. Missouri is home to nearly 125 species of wildflowers. With the consultation of a qualified horticulturalist (e.g. MO Conservation Department, local university, MO Botanical Gardens), cooperation from landowners, and very little investment, the appropriate wildflowers could be selected to be planted throughout these vacant lots. Selections would be made according to soil samples, light exposure, colors, height, and seasonal blooming. Wildflowers are self-sustainable and maintenance free. Many are perennials meaning that they come back on there own year after year. Many, in fact, become more abundant with time....a positive parallel message for StL as a whole.


ps2006

ps2006 said 2/23/2013

Lot of these lots have high level of lead which is a heavy metal contamination. Growing sunflowers is helpful since it is one of the plants identified to reduce lead. It up takes lead and once those plants are commercially composted the lead is biodegraded into something harmless. If this project takes off it would help the city residents on many levels.

ahug

ahug said 1/21/2013

BTW 10,000 lots full of wildflowers would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

ahug

ahug said 1/21/2013

Good comment Monte. S. Domingo, nobody needs to care for wildflowers. they're wild. once the seeds are planted nature takes over. beautiful.

Santo Domingo California

Santo Domingo California said 1/21/2013

I am concerned over who would take care of 10,000 vacant and abandoned lots growing flowers. Would the flowers soon be abandoned as well?

Monte

Monte said 1/21/2013

This kind of project could add "lots" of valuable habitat and food sources for butterflies and birds. Additional benefits include increased absorption of rainfall, decreased air pollution, and neighborhood beautification. I encourage everyone to log in and vote for this idea!