The Nation: Unnatural Disaster

Last month the County of Los Angeles installed $74,504 worth of plastic trees and plants along nearly two miles of roadway (TIME, Feb. 21). The artificial vegetation, it turns out, is not immune to unnatural disasters. In outrage at this final victory of plastic, someone set fire to many of the trees and sawed up others. The ruined trees were quickly replaced. But the county board of supervisors, disturbed at the lengths to which protesters would go to get rid of the fakes, decided that they would grant no more contracts to install plastic plant life.

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