Monday, June 16, 2008
Just like the first residents of this landscape, we modern folks follow certain routes, in cars, of course, but also on foot. Rhode Island Avenue was one of the first Indian paths through this region. I think Rockville Pike is another ancient path. Both are now paved over and in constant use.
The Masons who designed DC incorporated the Indian paths into the pattern, which is very cool. Wise, too, not to mention elegant.
Unfortunately the District officials who decide where grass should grow right here and now in 2008 are not so happy about these modest, organic pathways. Outside of Union Station, they've even posted a sign asking people to use the sidewalk so as to 'save' the grass.
The grass grows lush and green on either side of these paths. So what's the problem here? I think the human made paths are charming and real. Those who are in charge of our green squares do not agree. Nevertheless, we citizens of DC continue to blaze our trails, no matter what. Sweet.