Mia Lehrer on the Worst Landscaping Crime in Los Angeles

WE all know that tar (asphalt to Americans) is a crime against humanity but here is a different take on why so many lives are so impoverished – instead of ‘dirt’ ( soil to the rest of us) and lawn ( also anathema to amny) to play in as kids – these children can scrape their knees and elbows on the petroleum industries detritus... from Curbed LA  by Adrian Glick Kudler
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Mia Lehrer, Piggyback Yard plans

Landscape architect Mia Lehrer’s work with her firm Mia Lehrer + Associates includes a lot of LA’s favorite outdoor sites, including the Annenberg Community Beach House, the Silver Lake Reservoir pathVista Hermosa Park on the edge of Downtown, and the LA River (they collaborated on the Revitalization Master Plan). Since Lehrer is such an expert, we asked her for her thoughts on the greening of Los Angeles–now, tomorrow, and in 20 years. Yesterday, she discussed the LA of 2031, her favorite outdoor places in LA, and better yards for Angelenos. Here’s what we asked her today:

What’s the worst landscaping crime you see committed around Los Angeles?
Asphalt, asphalt and asphalt…especially in the design and construction of schools. These are spaces where the future leaders of our city and country spend most of their days 9 months out of the year and it’s a shame that they are not able to interact with nature as part of their daily school activities. Continue reading