Hit & Run

Where the Grass is Grayer

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For the sake of preserving "green space," a city councilman is trying to make it a crime for homeowners to pave over their own lawns in Queens -- a place, one resident points out, where good people go to get away from nature:

…Angela Casaro stepped outside to voice her preference for brick over grass.

"Lawns have ticks and disease and worms and stuff," she said. "This way, it's safe and sterile… I love nature and I love grass, but I don't want my family exposed to disease."

Her son follows up with a non-Lyme-disease-alarmist argument:

"Either way," Mr. Casaro said, "I don't think the city should be able to tell you what to do with your own property."