Good times! A community gathers to remove a whole lotta blacktop
My friends know that I've been an avid de-paver for years. I think more of us should be depaved (depraved?). I found this video thanks to the City of Vancouver's greenways goddess Sandy James who sent me the link for the depave blog. I've written before about my advocacy for the City's stalled country lanes program, and blogged about my self-described battles with blacktop.
When I purchased a home in east Vancouver many years ago I inherited layers of asphalt from the previous generation of owners. My yard for all intents and purposes was a parking lot for an RV or two. The day I moved in I pledged to "de-blacktop" or de-pave our property.
At first I tried to remove the blacktop by hand, with a lot of sweat and a prybar. Then last year I bit the bullet and hired a backhoe driver who in the span of eleven hours rid me of the nasty black stuff – nearly four dump trucks full as I recall. Today my yard is a gardener's delight, and it's cooler, greener and more inviting. No more off-gassing and dusty surroundings.
I still see a LOT of yards in my neighbourhood that are paved with asphalt. I'd love to have my own de-paving party if there was something with a community orientation like we see in the Portland video. I know from bitter experience that it's hard, heavy work to rid a property of asphalt. But, boy, if feels great when it's gone.
If any of our readers knows of any opportunity to de-pave here in town, drop me a line.