The City Council is set to pass a law requiring that homeowners keep 20% to 50% of the property in front of their homes covered with greenery. The law is in response to a trend by homeowners to cut down trees or pave over their lawns in order to create parking spaces.
Even famous realtor Barbara Corcoran chimed in on the matter last year in a real estate column that she writes for the Daily News. Responding to a question from a homeowner wondering if he should pave over his wife's garden, Corcoran was blunt: "Hey, a flower garden might look pretty and keep your wife happy, but the space in front of your house is worth a hell of a lot more as a driveway."
In addition to preventing the hideoufication of entire neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, proponents of the pro-green measure says that lawns will help soak up rainwater and prevent its runoff spilling into the city's overburdened waste water system. The blog Queens Crap has been following the so-called Paving Wars for some time, as has Forgotten NY.