National Affairs: KEEP OFF THE GRASS

Ever since colonial days, when the "common" was the hub of most New England villages, parks have played an important part in U.S. urban life. Fifty years ago (and even today in many localities), the traditional city park consisted of a generous area of well-kept green grass, sprinkled with shade trees and sometimes with flowers, gravel walks for strollers, hard benches for sitters, usually an iron or stone fountain, and often a wooden bandstand. Now the trend is toward parks which are useful as well as ornamental.

"Keep off the Grass" signs have not disappeared entirely, and people can still doze and...

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