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A greenless green

Here's a green idea I can actually get behind:

The landscaping around Muncie's city hall is undergoing a big change as crews rip out high-maintenance plants to create something called a "dryscape."

The city hall's landscaping is being replaced with thousands of drought-tolerant, native plants and prairie grasses that require relatively little water, fertilizer and pesticides.

I've never understood the fascination people have with all the high-maintenance stuff, especially lush green lawns. You mow the stupid thing and it grows right back and you have to mow it again, which seems sort of pointless and redundant to me. And you're supposed to use lots of water and fertilizer to actually encourage this nonsense. I think a neighborhood would look lovely with all the yards paved over and painted with nice, vibrant colors like purple and pink.