Suburbs' fake flowers can stir genuin...

Suburbs' fake flowers can stir genuine controversy

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Suburbs' fake flowers can stir genuine controversy. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The public's mood in Des Plaines was pretty cut and dried when word slipped out that officials were considering substituting silk flowers for the real thing in downtown hanging baskets.

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Pie Pie

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 3, 2008
Wow. Someone needs a hobby.
Jane

Des Plaines, IL

#4 Sep 3, 2008
Finally Des Plaines gets some real flowers to clean up it's slummy looking image, and now they want to make it look all trashy like Niles? Whaaaat?
Come On

United States

#5 Sep 3, 2008
The Niles flowers look pathetic. What a joke. You can tell they are fake from a mile away. Tacky, Tacky Tacky... The beauty of flowers is that they are natural, and is for the most part a reflection of the effort it takes to keep them alive and attractive. Is margarine butter?- no. Is a not-dog a hot dog?- no. Are fake flowers flowers?- no. Do the real deal, or don't bother. Put your money into something else.
Take 2

Niles, MI

#6 Sep 3, 2008
Each year, Wheeling spends weeks getting its baskets assembled and arranged, Stavros said. And going artificial isn't cheap. The materials used in each of the 60 baskets cost the village about $428.

$428 per basket?$25,680 for fluff?? I have a better idea.

With so many people loosing their homes over the loan hoopla, why not pick one deserving family or two, and provide a little financial help for them.

$18,000 for an overdue mortgage at $1500 a month is still less than the cost of these flowers over a years time. A family is helped, a home is saved.

Nuts to the flowers, spend the money where it's most needed.
Naperville

Europe

#7 Sep 3, 2008
Fake flowers are like fake boobs. Real looks and feels better and fake looks cheap and trashy.
Christine

Chicago, IL

#8 Sep 3, 2008
Cheesy
Just Observing

Chicago, IL

#9 Sep 3, 2008
I'm usually opposed to such frivolous spending, but in this case I think fake flowers is a bit tacky. Plus, I think real flowers are a healthy addition to a community and the environment as a whole. People, especially children, need real interaction with organic plants and flowers, the flowers and plants give off oxygen and clear pollutants, and insects and small animals feed off these plants and flowers.
BKB

Mount Prospect, IL

#10 Sep 3, 2008
This is real suburban sleeze!!
rose

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 3, 2008
The artificial flowers that are available nowdays are beautiful. The time and money saved is worth it! I hope the city council realizes this.
jsd

Oswego, IL

#12 Sep 3, 2008
"Wheeling Director of Public Works Tony Stavros confessed he sometimes has employees spray the plants.

Passersby think the crews are watering the real thing and often compliment the workers, asking them how they manage to keep the flowers looking so good, Stavros said."

"The guys just say,'It's all a lot of work!' " he said.

it sounds like a real stupid waste of time to me.
they should use people who are ordered to do community service work to plant and care for the "real flowers"
if they dont want the expense of maintaining live plants they should be more unique and try and decorate with something easier for them to handle. banners would be better (and way less tacky) than cheesey fake flowers!
if i were an employee of this city i would be outraged if my boss told me to go water the fake flowers to fool the passersby. ridiculous!
Abbie

Warrenville, IL

#13 Sep 3, 2008
The mayor has city workers spray the fake flowers to keep up the illusion that they are real? Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentleman.

This is a perfect metaphor for government. Spending money, time and personnel to perpetuate their spin.
beebee

Long Beach, CA

#14 Sep 3, 2008
there's only a choice of real flowers or no flowers.

fake flowers are ridiculous outdoors in the summer...okay, ridiculous, at anytime outdoors, i suppose! it's just wrong.
jsd

Oswego, IL

#15 Sep 3, 2008
Take 2 wrote:
Each year, Wheeling spends weeks getting its baskets assembled and arranged, Stavros said. And going artificial isn't cheap. The materials used in each of the 60 baskets cost the village about $428.
$428 per basket?$25,680 for fluff?? I have a better idea.
With so many people loosing their homes over the loan hoopla, why not pick one deserving family or two, and provide a little financial help for them.
$18,000 for an overdue mortgage at $1500 a month is still less than the cost of these flowers over a years time. A family is helped, a home is saved.
Nuts to the flowers, spend the money where it's most needed.
thats an excellent idea!
jsd

Oswego, IL

#16 Sep 3, 2008
beebee wrote:
there's only a choice of real flowers or no flowers.
fake flowers are ridiculous outdoors in the summer...okay, ridiculous, at anytime outdoors, i suppose! it's just wrong.
come on admit it, theyre always ridiculously "just wrong" indoors or out.

Since: Jun 08

United States

#17 Sep 3, 2008
The fake flowers aren't just tacky, they're actually made of petroleum by-product. What a statement that makes for a town's "green" effort!
Who cares

Lincolnshire, IL

#19 Sep 4, 2008
gee, who would have thought anybody would have got their panties in a wad about some stupid flowers. Get a life, there are more important issues in this world, even in your own backyard to be worried about if the flowers hanging above the street are plastic or not. This is not a news story, next....
Springfield

Springfield, IL

#20 Sep 4, 2008
I thought you people were more concerned over dandelions, the evil weed?
Silv

Wayne, IL

#21 Sep 4, 2008
I like the idea of fake flowers for the hanging baskets. I was recently at a Joliet Jackhammers game and the hanging baskets in the surrounding streets were so gorgeous I wondered just how the crews maintained them. I don't know if they're fake or not but I recently decided to go fake on my back, shaded, north-facing porch. I just can't seem to keep the flowers blooming back there no matter what shade-loving plants I use, even ferns, so I'm giving up and using silk flowers next year. My sunny front yard will continue to have real flowers. I really don't see why people object in Des Plaines. It's fiscally responsible and such a minor detail!
Why are people Morons

Henderson, NV

#22 Sep 4, 2008
Well I guess every one likes to pay taxes and more taxes and more taxes.
psh

Wheaton, IL

#23 Sep 4, 2008
Soon the fake flowers in Des Plaines will look as trashy and run down as the rest of the town does. A perfect fit!

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