Blog Post #3

Making weekly trips to Flushing, Queens has been interesting and insightful. When I picked my ecology, I never thought that there would be so much surrounding material that would be so intriguing. Through my research, it is clear that bioswales are much more than what meets the eye. One great example of this is how the city tries blend them in by calling them “rain gardens”. If you were to be walking down the street and saw these indented structures called “rain gardens”, I doubt that you would immediately assume that something that sounds so harmless could be so precarious. Everything from the creation to the construction all the way to the implementation of bioswales is heavily mediated at an attempt to avoid pushback from neighboring residents. However, despite the cities best efforts, residents and neighbors notice and do not stand behind them.

Through my pictures I am trying to convey as best as possible the full picture of what bioswales leave behind. Some of these things include: trash, pollutants, mud pits perfect for mosquito breeding, and many times disturbances to the homes that they are built in front of. Bioswales are built regardless of what their neighbors have to say and I believe that this is an issue that runs much deeper and goes into the issue of placement of such structures in neighborhoods of lower socioeconomic status. For this very reason while thousands of bioswales have been built in parts of the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn there are yet signs of any in Manhattan.

Not only has research been a very strong indicator about the precocity that bioswales cause, but through my photographs and even through my audio sounds and images of unbalance are noted. Through my photographs in Flushing, particularly in the areas surrounding the bioswales, it is clear how heavy on construction and on garbage these sectors are. Through my audio is very noticeable the intense air pollution that is constantly going on. While New York City has made air pollution a norm, it is important to remember that in fact it is not normal.

While bioswales in theory bring about some positive effects, I hope to convey through my website how severely the bad outweighs the good when it comes to bioswales.

 

Works Cited:

  1. https://www.6sqft.com/bioswales-face-backlash-from-city-residents-for-being-eyesores/
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/nyregion/bioswale-rain-gardens-new-york.html?_r=0
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioswale
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~ by camillaruiz on October 24, 2017.

One Response to “Blog Post #3”

  1. Engagement and style– I love how you give tangible examples of what you’re finding in your ecology. As someone who isn’t familiar with bioswales, but frequents Flushing, it is impactful to hear about “rain gardens” and how everything from creation to construction to implementation is heavily mediated to essentially hide the bioswales from Flushing residents. It would be so interesting to hear from the residents themselves as part of your project!

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