Managed Meadows: Natural Beauty or Eyesore?

Rachel Kingston, WIVB (Buffalo), July 2, 2013

As part of an effort to “go green” and bring back natural habitats, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has introduced several of “managed meadows.”

Neighbors don’t mind the plants and animals, but they worry about what–or rather–who else might be lurking.

Sylvia Muldrow and some of her neighbors, who live across the street from MLK Park, are upset with the decision to create these natural regeneration areas. Muldrow worries the tall plants provide a place for would-be criminals to hide.

“Who’s to say what would happen? At night, at midnight–well, after 9–when it gets dark, you can’t see over here. You don’t know if there’s something, somebody over here,” she said.

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has built two “managed meadows,” where native plants are allowed to flourish, in MLK Park this year. {snip}


Herrera-Mishler says these maintained meadows can contribute to the quality of life, by giving city residents a nature experience they otherwise wouldn’t have.


Managed meadows are environmentally-friendly, Herrera-Mishler notes. They save gasoline costs for mowers and labor. The brush also helps prevent runoff from washing into the city’s supply of drinking water. The meadows are part of how the Conservancy plans to achieve its goal of making the Olmsted Parks “the greenest park system in America.” They’re aesthetically and historically accurate, to Frederick Law Olmsted’s original designs.


But Muldrow says, Olmsted designed his parks for the Buffalo that was, 100 years ago. And the Buffalo of today is a different world.

“There’s a difference between 1900 and 2013. There’s crime, there’s a lot of things going on,” she said.


Muldrow believes the neighbors should have been given some say, before the habitats were built.

“We didn’t get that consideration, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Muldrow says. “We really don’t have a lot of problems over here, but why make it so it’s easy to have a problem? It’s quiet over here, but when you give them access and opportunity… you know? I don’t want it. I don’t want it where I live.”


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  • Puggg

    Natural beauty or eyesore?

    Neither. It’s a Godsend for the undertow.

    • I can already see the headlines:
      “Joggers discover body in park”.
      “Jogger raped in park”.
      “Jogger robbed in park”.
      “Jogger shoots robber in park”
      “City to sell crime ridden park to Chinese developer”.

      • MekongDelta69

        If I may, some slight modifications/additions:
        “Jogger raped in park by teens.”
        “Jogger robbed in park by yoots.”
        “Jogger killed in park by youfs.”
        Evil white, racist jogger shoots robber poor, helpless, aspiring African-American rapper in park”

        There – now it’s complete…

        • Romulus

          You’d make a great book editor. Very witty!

      • sbuffalonative

        That’s unlikely. It’s a black neighborhood and blacks don’t jog. More likely it will be a walker.

        • George

          Or a waddler.
          The she-boons of Buffalo are pretty hefty.

  • Steven Bannister

    Give it a year and the locals will be calling it by a new name: Murder Meadows.

    • Here in Houston, there was a nice mall called Greenspoint Mall. 25 years ago, It was nice, clean, and a fun place to go, even if you don’t do a lot of shopping.
      Now, the mall is still there, but most of the stores inside are mainly thrift shops, and the outside looks rundown. I have long lost count of how many people were killed in that area. There’s a new mall about 15 miles due north. It looks like what Greenspoint looked like back in the 1980s. This new mall is where the white folks go to shop.
      Greenspoint Mall’s fate was sealed when a female sheriff’s deputy was carjacked and killed from that parking lot in 1991. White people stopped going. The crime is still unsolved, and the mall’s nickname for the past 20 years is “Gunspoint Mall”.

      • Jefferson

        Have you ever been to a predominantly Black shopping mall ? A few years ago I went to one when I was in Atlanta.

        Only in a Black shopping mall will you find a liquor store inside.

        • One of the factors saving the Chapel Hills Mall in northern Colorado Springs is the fact that the city bus system runs only limited routes on Saturdays and not at all on Sundays. The result is that the “yoofs” can’t get there easily on weekends.

      • Romulus

        Hey, Coop! You ever been to the “RAGIN CAJUN” restaurant just north of Houston on 45? I have find memories of that place. The food was great when last I visited many moons ago!

      • It’s an official Dead Mall.


  • sbuffalonative

    But Muldrow says, Olmsted designed his parks for the Buffalo that was, 100 years ago. And the Buffalo of today is a different world.

    “There’s a difference between 1900 and 2013. There’s crime, there’s a lot of things going on,” she said.

    100 years ago, this community was white and I doubt there was any thought about crime at the time.

    The Conservancy is partnering with public and private schools in the city, so that science teachers can use the meadows as outdoor classrooms.

    They’re not concerned about learning anything. They’re only concerned about being victimized by their own people.

    This is just more proof that it doesn’t matter what you do to help blacks. They will always find a reason to complain. They have no sense of maintaining nature, regenerating natural habitats, or decreasing the use of gas and chemicals.

    It’s pointless to do anything to help these people.

  • IstvanIN

    If they want to do this then they need to surround the park with a tall, sturdy, barb-wired topped fence and keep it locked at all times, except of course when the grounds keepers need to get in.

  • MekongDelta69

    Key word:
    MLK Park

    “criminal” = “black”
    “Thomas Herrera-Mishler” / “go green” = Emasculated eco-lunatic who lives in Fantasy Land and says that his greatest moment in life is when Mr. Van Driessen from Beavis and Butthead sings “Lesbian Seagull”.

    • Romulus


    • sbuffalonative

      It’s easy to see Mr Herrera-Mishler as a lofty-minded liberal.

      But he also has a vision to create a place of natural beauty. Unfortunately, the current population can’t appreciate what he’s trying to do so his efforts appear foolish and doomed to fail.

      100 years ago, this park was a thing of beauty and the pride of Buffalo. 100 years later the population has completely changed and the current population doesn’t have the save visions, values, and appreciation.

      Without people like Mr. Herrera-Mishler, cities would be little more than vast paved wastelands. So I’ll blame the current population for the problem and not white people who can see a city as little more than asphalt.

  • bigone4u

    Whites and their dollars give blacks a beauty spot, a place for peaceful meditation, and the blacks complain and then screw it up. Nothing new is it? Same old blacks, never gonna change.

  • WR_the_realist

    The people concerned about criminals lurking in the high plants are both black and white. But we know what race the criminals are, especially in “Martin Luther King Park”. I live in a place where there are a lot of woods, wetlands, and brush. But we don’t have enough diversity to create a constituency for cutting it all down, paving it over, and installing flood lights.

    • Romulus

      If you live in one of the pristine areas of America, don’t advertise it. It is certainly pristine when no one knows about it. The neg. Stereotypes of the south served them well for a long time to keep undesirables at bay, now “others”would exploit for suburban sprawl and to escape the mega city toilets they created.

      • WR_the_realist

        Did I mention the mosquitoes and black flies that will eat you alive? Or the ticks that carry Lyme disease? Or the black bears that are frequently seen in peoples’ yards? Its *dangerous* where I live. Life threatening! And the people here are evil, backward and buck toothed, and own guns. Y’all stay away now.

        • Romulus

          Lol, yeah, just like that!

  • The__Bobster

    In their infinite wisdom, the chief mucky mucks of Philly have decided to create mini-parks. So much the better to mug you, YT.

  • APaige

    Whites build parks.
    Blacks use parks for crime.
    Hispanics use parks for a garbage dump.
    (Asians use parks for a last name-haha).

  • anarchyst

    MLK park–the name says it all . . .

  • exLibtard

    Sylvia Muldrow and some of her neighbors, who live across the street from MLK Park, are upset with the decision to create these natural regeneration areas. Muldrow worries the tall plants provide a place for would-be criminals to hide.

    I would imagine that a park named after MLK would be safe like streets that bear his name.

  • This park would be a great place to stash your supply of merchandise if dealing drugs … and a great place to stash your gun.

  • Romulus

    Remember the central park jogger!! Sexual predators like victims of opportunity!.
    Provide them with one and they will avail themselves of it.

  • storibund

    When lofty landscape architecture ideals meet the reality of black dysfunction.

    Worlds collide. Loftiness always loozes.

    • sbuffalonative


      Here you have a well-meaning white man in charge of a group of white people who are trying to resurrect the original vision of the designer, Fredrick Law Olmsted.

      But that vision required a solidly white community to maintain the vision. 100 years later and the core white population is gone and the people who live their lack the most basic understanding and appreciation of nature. Nature is seen as the enemy not something of beautify to be relished and enjoyed.

      In a very real sense, these people know that blacks are ‘predators hiding in the bushes’.

  • MawellAxel

    The idiot liberals are just making a nice place for cookout shootings

  • An additional problem in that area will be Lyme Disease spread by the ticks that bite both the reinvading wildlife and humans.

    • convairXF92

      Yep, and the blacks that hang around won’t be smart enough to wear long pants tucked into boots. Or they simply won’t, since obeying a rule would imply kowtowing to The Man.

      Maybe signs depicting a gigantic spiny hairy tick would keep the vagrants out.

  • sbuffalonative

    They play classical music in the subway. Recently in the Buffalo News someone complained that the music was ‘unsettling’. So I don’t know how much longer that’s going to last.

    • “Unsettling”, huh? Wouldn’t that have been the entire point?

    • WR_the_realist

      I would happily ride in a subway devoid of those who find classical music to be “unsettling”.

  • fuzzypook

    What a treat when the elite are faced with diversity on their own front door.