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« on: July 19, 2006, 10:37:00 AM »
There is a cool thing in my neighbourhood. In Toronto, on Augusta Street (in the first block south of College), there is a car-garden, or maybe garden-car. It has painted on the sides 'Community Vehicular Reclamation Project' and 'Please Do Not Tow'. Some kinda car has had its hood, trunk lid and roof removed, dirt and plants added and voilà -- car-garden.

It's parked on the street and has been there at least three weeks. Amazingly, it has not been towed.

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 10:44:37 AM »
I think it's been there for a year or more.  I remember reading about it at least that long ago.  Kensington certainly brings the funky.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 10:48:45 AM »
I don't think so, Magoo. I saw them putting it together about  3 weeks ago. Maybe there was another one that I didn't see?

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2006, 10:51:59 AM »
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... Amazingly, it has not been towed.
But I'm sure that it has generated a lot of red tape hoo-haw and frantic e-mailing amongst the bureaucrats of City Hall as 'responsibility' for its removal gets shuffled around.  Can it be towed?  Not really a vehicle, is it?  Should they get a crane to move it, like those massive concrete planters on boulevards.  Which department pays the bill?  And so on ...  :roll:

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006, 12:02:21 PM »
There was one right down the street from where I am in Amsterdam, for many years. Here it comes to its end. :(

http://www.groenlinks-oudzuid.nl/column/column-454.html

Guess the Amsterdamers who set it up (and kept paying for its parking, being good respectable Dutch Greenies) felt they had made their point.

Here is a site in English about the Autotuin (Car Garden): http://www.autotuin.nl/cargarden.html
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2006, 05:05:15 PM »
Years ago, there was an SCTV parody of home-improvement shows in which the host shows how to make a "carden"- pretty much exactly what you're describing. I guess it's another case of life imitating art...
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2006, 09:02:39 PM »
Fern Hill, how about you grab your camera and show us this curiosity?  Please?

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006, 06:22:10 AM »
Man, suzette, you've given me a Project. I will borrow camera, take pix, go to sweetie's (he has, I hope, the right sort of programs to deal with this), and see if I can do it. It will be a few days. I am Techno-Dolt.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006, 08:55:39 AM »
Och, that is so sad to see that car in Amsterdam towed away, although it is droll too -- and provides a few chuckles when one thinks of the bureaucrats fussing over what to do about it, just as deBeauxOs says.

The main effect of this story is to shame me once again about my neglect of my real garden. Today I will go to care for it, sad thing that it has become.

If my device ever gets to looking impressive, I will take photos of it, but I fear that this year was at best practice.

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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 06:55:07 PM »
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Man, suzette, you've given me a Project. I will borrow camera, take pix, go to sweetie's (he has, I hope, the right sort of programs to deal with this), and see if I can do it. It will be a few days. I am Techno-Dolt.
...and what a fabulous opportunity for learning, personal development and creativity! Now stop whining and get cracking!!   :wink:

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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2006, 09:13:43 PM »
Aha. Google is my friend. This blog has some pix of it.

http://spacing.ca/wire/?p=960

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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2006, 09:20:15 PM »
cool man  8)

Total cop out on your part though.... :duck
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2006, 05:07:35 PM »
Update: It's still there.

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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2006, 11:21:08 AM »
Not the Amsterdam one. I "saw" its absence, and an ordinary damn car in its place...
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2006, 12:58:34 PM »
Those kooky Kensington kids are at it again. Behind the car-garden, they've parked another car. This one is painted white and they are inviting people to write messages on it in black paint provided. The biggest one says 'Message to City Hall: More Parks, Less Parking'. Others I read were: Bikes are good, Cars stink, like that.

 

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