Native corn may grace Smith St. next year

7 10 2009

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You know those new sidewalk extensions that have made Bergen st. so much more pedestrian friendly but add a huge swatch of ugly gray to the neighborhood? Artist Christina Kelly is aiming to do something about it. She has submitted plans to the city to plant native northeastern varieties of corn throughout Boerum Hill, where Native Americans used to grow corn.

The first spot she has submitted is for the northwest corner of Smith and Bergen. Kelly intends the planters to be raised off the pavement in 5′ x 5′ planters. The corn would be growing from May through September next year. She is expecting to hear about final approval later this month.

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What do you think about this idea? Better than a news stand or food cart huh?

Check out her full description of the project here

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