Ghost trees of #ldnont

September 4, 2013

Pen Equity, a developer from Toronto has completely bypassed the usual, legal, agreed-upon provincial environmental approval process and won approval from the job hungry, sprawl friendly city council of London to build a mall on the 401 highway interchange outside the city, on environmentally significant woodland and wetland.

A few years back, a developer worked with the city to erect a number of brightly painted metal trees as urban art to celebrate our historical brand as ‘The Forest City’.

Whenever a cyclist is killed, near cross-able train tracks, or some busy road where the cycling infrastructure is miserable, someone erects a ghost bike, painted white.

I believe the city should embrace the thinking and monetize it, rather than pretend to be in any way environmentally responsible. Make some money off these suckers. In this light, I offer these:

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A new slogan: ?”Where there’s sprawl or a mall, we were there!”

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The trees can be set singly, or as a group to suggest that ‘forest’ feeling.

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And the trees can be set on wheeled bases to facilitate groupings in select locations.

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Rather than retail jobs, the local economy needs manufacturing jobs. Every real living breathing tree removed can be re-manufactured into six complete Ghost trees. This means jobs!, people! The market for these will be quite substantial.

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2 Responses to “Ghost trees of #ldnont”

  1. Liam Says:

    Brilliant!
    I’m ashamed to say that I live in London and can’t believe the politics here and how business has council wrapped around their fingers. Is it any different anywhere else? I suppose not.
    Even still, it’s a sad town that will die a long slow death because everyone is paralyzed with fear when it comes to serious change.
    A Ghost Tree campaign is just what we need.
    Another idea: paint or tape white outlines like murder scenes.
    “A Tree Was Murdered Here Today”.

    Like

  2. dougrogers Says:

    London is a medium sized town which wants to be a big city, but still thinks with a village sized brain. I’ve said that many times with more elegant variations.

    Density is the only solution.

    Like


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