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The People's Path

I have long known about a landscaping "experiment" or at least I have heard fragments of the story. A college created a greenspace and the question was asked, "Where shall we put the walkways?" It was decided that the green should be planted, and that nothing else should be done. As time went by and the college came alive with the comings and goings, the walkings and fallings, the sittings down and the gettings up, and an occasional cuddling, then the places for the walkways became clear.

Then it was said, "Build beautiful walkways here."

The greenspace, which dreamed one time of being a garden, behind the Main College Building, has ever so many concrete walkways, vast and grand and wide. They are there by grand design, I am sure. Off to one side is the path which I love. It is the one made by the people who walk where they do in their comings and goings, and perhaps even their dancing on the grass.

Posted by Bob White on December 18, 2008 5:26 PM