Study Asks: How Does Well-Kept Grass Matter?

Grass experts, sociologists and community leaders are teaming up on a three-year project in Flint, Mich., to test the idea that well-maintained lawns and parks help revitalize neighborhoods.

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FLINT, Mich. -- Grass experts, sociologists and community leaders are teaming up on a three-year project in Flint, Mich., to test the idea that well-maintained lawns and parks help revitalize neighborhoods.

There are thousands of abandoned homes and vacant lots scattered throughout its neighborhoods.

They're a costly headache to keep from getting wildly overgrown, with grass that can grow several feet high before being mowed.

Thom Nikolai, a Michigan State University turf-grass specialist, is leading the study.

Researchers want to measure economic effects.

And they want to learn more about how community groups, for example, keep up vacant land and abandoned homes.

The project, with its community involvement, fits the spirit of Flint's broader revitalization efforts.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 27, 2009 at 12:42 AM
    What exactly is that supposed to mean anyway? It revitalizes the neighborhood.... Well, by default yeah if what you mean is makes it look nicer. lol Can you just say "I thought up a great way to score some grant money" already?
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 26, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    We know how the study is going to come out, so why bother doing it. Simple - it will keep the Sociologists and community leaders out of our hair for a while. That's a good thing!!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    With a "turf grass specialist" leading the study, is there really any doubt as to what the result will be?? It is going to say that well maintained yards help the neighborhood and it will be right. So why the study???
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