Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hayfever? Blame Sexist Urban Planners

This article in Governing magazine by Zach Patton explains how U.S. city governments' preference for planting male trees has resulted in the proliferation of pollen. According to Patton, male trees are popular with urban planners because they are easier to maintain and do not generate "litter," all the seeds and fruit that drop from female trees. They do, however, produce pollen, and after 50 years of male-dominated plantings, U.S. cities are mainly filled with allergen-producing trees.

I shall resist any temptation to offer a wry comment on females and litter or men and runny noses, but you feel free.

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