Some prefer paved yards to lawns

Nov. 27, 2005 at 6:00 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Some New York City homeowners prefer a paved yard of concrete or brick because it's low maintenance and provides parking.

While there is no current prohibition of paving over a city front yard, Tony Avella, a Democratic New York City councilman, wants to get city agencies to adopt regulations restricting "pave-overs," reported the New York Times Sunday.

"These pave-overs have become an eyesore and an affront to the whole notion of open space in our neighborhoods," said Avella. "We need to preserve green space, not destroy it."

A lawn used to be part of the American dream of owning a home -- but that's changing.

"Not everyone wants that beautiful green front yard anymore," said Martha Lucia Marin, a New York City real estate agent.

"A lot of people are saying the house looks more elegant with nice brickwork instead of grass. It's also an economical decision. You can park in front of your door, and you don't have to take care of a lawn. It saves work and makes for a low-maintenance home."

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