Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Undesirable" back yard tenants

A cream-colored skunk in our backyard, next to the garage which could be converted to an ADU.  Because of the rains, the grass hasn't been cut.

Skunks... well, not really, as according to the Humane Society for the most part skunks stay out of our way

Our landscape design for our backyard is what I call "rustic," we let wildflowers bloom even though they give our beds a very much unmanicured look. 

On the other hand, we have plenty of different species of birds, bees, butterflies (and yes, mosquitos) and such and have a more Jain-like attitude to those species.  I contrast our backyard habitat (which qualifies for the NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat program) to the very manicured lots which have minimal bird activity.

(Note that this is the first time we've seen a skunk.  We do have raccoons from time to time.  Bats fly around from time to time, but we aren't close enough to a water source to put up a bathouse.)

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