DC Metro rips out Phantom Planter’s flowers at Dupont Circle station

Photo courtesy of "Let My Flowers Grow"

Ricky Carioti/Washington Post: Henry Docter, 52, next to Morning Glories he planted at DC's Dupont Metro North Station, June 21, 2013.

The DC Metro transit system is mocked by the unfortunate locals who use it as a vortex of epic fail; trains don't run on time, air conditioning doesn't work, escalators and elevators are out, the list of suck is so long there's a Twitter account devoted to its constant failings. All you need to know about the phrase "single tracking" is that it leads to tears.

Here's a new DC Metro fail: some jackass bureaucrat decided to pay workers to rip out 1,000 pretty little flowers planted secretly by a "guerilla gardener" along the (often broken) escalators at the Dupont Circle station.

The floral terrorist behind the illicit garden was Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter. He organized an online petition to try and persuade the idiots who run the Metro to "let my flowers grow."

[The Washington Post]

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  1. half those complaints are nothing compared to a proper mass transit system like NYC or London or Paris, happen daily...

  2. that was my memory, too, from visiting as a kid in the mid 80s. we stayed in Arlington and bussed to the nearest train stn everyday, toured all the sights that way. it was really nice, easy, and futuristic looking. guess those days are gone.

    to the topic, Docter has the right idea. he's of a different generation, but i think as the graffiti generation ages, non-graf guerrilla urban beautification is getting even more common. i started pruning overhanging branches on the sidewalks of my neighborhood since the damn city or my stupid neighbors with adjacent property were obviously never going to and it was just ridiculous. whole blocks you'd have to bend over or go in the road. i was getting my danged eye poked out every time i walked the dog, so i started taking pruning shears with me. came out real nice. wheelbarrowed a bunch of gravel over to where the park eroded a few times, too. it all felt the same as when i used to put up murals. like, the middle-aged fart version of putting up murals.

    doesn't DC Metro know the rules? when you go over someone you have to burn them i.e. put up something better. Docter got dissed, for sure.

  3. He could have chosen a better plant. Vine type plants could get out of control pretty quickly and can develop thick roots, so unless he was planning to do some guerrilla pruning every so often it could cause problems in the future.

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