House with no front parking, photo taken by the Flatbush Gardener
Earlier in November I bought a NY Daily News for my quick subway ride to work. It happened to be the same issue that had Barbara Corcoran's new real estate column, 'Ask Barbara'.
In a year when Scotts squashed a worm poop company, a florist was sued for $400,000, and a couple was fined $374,000 for pruning trees as the city asked, I didn't think a simple advice column comment would stick with me. But, Barbara's did...
And it seems to have stuck with others as well. Barbara advises that paving over a garden will add value to your home:
"Hey, a flower garden might look pretty and keep your wife happy, but the space in front of your house is worth a hell of a lot more as a driveway. You should know that the city council of Queens has just proposed a zoning change that would prohibit residents from paving their yards in some areas. So get your wife on your side and get a cement truck over there fast."
Gardens do more than look pretty. They help stop the tremendous pollution run-off that floods our sewage systems when it rains and they provide clean air for us to breathe. The Flatbush Gardener blog posted on this, and has links to other sites that also argue the point.
This type of housing, with no lawn space, is cropping up in all the boroughs.
(via forgotten ny)
I know parking spots are coveted, but there are many factors to a decision like this. I thought I would offer this up if anyone has more perspective on the issue.
matt at apartment therapy dot com