Poplars could line the street, and educational artwork could be added to the mix. The fences would come down under the freeway, and the area once again would be replanted. It would be a nice place to drive and walk. Perhaps the crime and litter would disappear.
According to Sherk, the idea of an urban environment needs a paradigm shift from the days of factory-school settings. To her, it's not just a matter of beautification or convenience. "Why do one thing when you can do 10 things simultaneously?" she asks meaning a pond isn't just a pool of water, it's part of a place where nature intersects with industry, technology, and our everyday culture and where we can look at all of those elements, as she often says, "through the lens of time." *