Posts Tagged ‘runoff’

Grass-Lined Railways = What?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

You know the term “green” has become almost meaningless when Inhabitat extolls Europe’s lawn-lined railways as paragons of green design. Have they gone bonkers, or has Scotts become a major advertiser? Granted, the color green is welcome relief from monotonous expanses of concrete and asphalt. And it’s true that vegetated railway lines can help keep cities cool and manage storm water runoff (although how well lawn does this is debatable). But what about the energy consumed by mowing? Are fertilizing and irrigation required? I’d be all for it if native short-grass ecosystems were being seeded in along railways, but Inhabitat is lauding countless acres of manicured turf.