For all its self-aggrandizing blather of being a “green city,” prioritizing a “more robust tree canopy,” and invoking environmental sustainability, practically speaking, Charlottesville city is pulling emerald wool over our eyes.
Consider CAT’s (Charlottesville Area Transit) “new green facility” (aka the green goddess)—a modern marvel of LEED-certified energy efficiency goodness. So esteemed is this advanced edifice, it has its own web page, and its grand opening was attended by numerous environmentally revered dignitaries.
However, a recent trip to the CAT’s new den yielded a scandalous brown surprise in the midst of the city’s latest green mecca: Scores of dead junipers ring the Avon Street facility!
At a replacement cost of approximately $20 per, the perishing plants represent not only extreme environmental hypocrisy but also an audacious squandering of taxpayer green—to the tune of thousands of dollars considering labor, replacement, and disposal.
While Mayor Norris and his city hall greenies trifle their time worshiping at the footer of the deified “green goddess,” they appear utterly oblivious to man’s destruction of the natural-born environment surrounding them.
Such hypocrisy is not unexpected in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Charlottesville, where appearance is everything and substance is secondary—this is a liberal hallmark.
Environmental chicanery aside, those responsible for this dissipative foliage folly should be held accountable for their benign neglect. And from the neglectors’ private purses, should the Charlottesville taxpayer be made whole.
See the brown bushes at Charlottesville’s “green” transit facility: