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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Sycamore, IL

#25 Sep 4, 2008
so much for 'going green' - if you can't put in the effort to use real flowers in a short summer - skip it - don't put up anything.

Chicago, IL

#27 Sep 4, 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.
Great idea, rather than having an attractive village we can bail out people who bought homes they could never afford in the first place. Who needs responsibility when you've got handouts instead?

United States

#28 Sep 4, 2008
Daily wont have that here in chicago!! H*e*l*l no!! fake flowers must Go!! Give me a break!!

United States

#29 Sep 4, 2008
and that is news ?
you people in the mid-west need to get a life!!!
oh, martha stuart, the fancy schmensy decorator guru.

The trib sux!

United States

#30 Sep 4, 2008
This reminds when an Aldi's store was going to open on a main route into Orland Park. Some residents were up and arms that an Aldi's would somehow negatively impact the image of Orland Park. Well, LA DEE DA.
If you buy cheap fake flowers at a dollar store, they look horrible, but the quality silk plants will probably have lomg lasting benefits to the residents and visitors of DesPlaines.
Now can you people worry about more important things like who the hell ar
we going to elect president? A cantankorus old man that can't remember where he lives, or a product of Illinois politics. We need help.

Salt Lake City, UT

#31 Sep 4, 2008
Pie Pie wrote:
Wow. Someone needs a hobby.
Right. Find a real problem and B**** about it. Flowers?

United States

#32 Sep 4, 2008
Come On wrote:
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.
I disagree. I am not a fan of artifical flowers and I am saying if you stand close to one and stare at one of the baskets you cannot tell they are fake. But I see the baskets every day driving too and from work and they look pretty.

United States

#33 Sep 4, 2008
Sam wrote:
Daily wont have that here in chicago!! H*e*l*l no!! fake flowers must Go!! Give me a break!!
DAILY??? Nice try.
Mary C

Nanuet, NY

#34 Sep 4, 2008
I don't mind fake so much as OBVIOUS fakes. Flowers in unnatural colors or ratty looking. When they have snow on them, it's time to take the baskets down.

Raleigh, NC

#35 Sep 4, 2008
At this time in our economy, I'd go for the cost savings on such a non-issue

Chicago, IL

#36 Sep 4, 2008
Those that have time to go to a village meeting to B***h about this should donate that time to care for the flowers........that would save the village some money.
I Am A Racist

Los Angeles, CA

#37 Sep 4, 2008
I can understand the concern of the citizens of Des Plaines. Fake flowers would certainly detract from the rundown "soon-to-be slum" look that the town is obviously cultivating.

Since: Apr 08


#38 Sep 4, 2008
As strange as I find watering fake flowers to be, I find it even stranger that the Director of Public Works brags to the Tribune that he is instructing city employees to do this.
Edgebrook IL

Chicago, IL

#39 Sep 4, 2008
Those flowers are can tell they're fake from miles away. Bravo to Des Plaines!

Oswego, IL

#40 Sep 4, 2008
AzCat wrote:
and that is news ?
you people in the mid-west need to get a life!!!
oh, martha stuart, the fancy schmensy decorator guru.
The trib sux!
is someone making you read the trib? doesnt look like "you" people have much to do around your parts either since you felt compelled to read the article and then had to comment on it.

Charlotte, NC

#41 Sep 5, 2008
Are these the same people who complain about high taxes? What a bunch of dolts.

Walla Walla, WA

#42 Sep 5, 2008
Fake flowers and a fake for a presidential candidate, Chicago has it all...

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