More concrete

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 April, 2002, 12:00am
 

Over the last six months entertainment at City Hall has switched from inside to outside where workers have been engaged in the 'greening' of the waterfront promenade.


First we had the spectacle of the stunted palm trees, then we played guess which rustic tile will be next to fall off the new planters. Those planters were cleared away for larger ones. However, best of all was the 'flowerpot dance' performed regularly by a group of fork-lift trucks.


So speculation was rife last month when hoarding was put up round most of the area.


Perhaps we were witnessing the birth of a new Disneyland site? Not to worry though it is just the Works Bureau clearing all the new greenery away and ripping the concrete up to replace it with . . . concrete.


There is no need for all this experimentation in urban landscaping. A perfect example is to be found nearby in the garden of the Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai. It is an oasis of calm, shade and fragrance combining interesting architectural features with lush and apparently indigenous planting (in other words no palm trees at all). And best of all it is completely unspoiled by unsightly visitors. It would be since city planners have left it marooned amongst multi-lane roads.


PHILIP ALLINGTON


Discovery Bay


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