Arizona

Construction Photography: What a Waste

Late last week, I spotted a City of Tucson streets department worker marking the sidewalks outside my house. Being the curious type, I went out to ask him why he was doing such a thing.

Answer: The sidewalks that have shifted or buckled need to be replaced.

Well, to me such a task spells just one thing: O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y.

As mentioned previously, I am a huge fan of landscaping projects that use recycled demolition debris. That stuff is called “urbanite.” And here comes a huge supply, right in my own block!

I asked the streets guy if I could have some of the debris from this neighborhood’s sidewalk removal and replacement.

Answer: No. The debris has to be taken to the landfill.

Well, yesterday was sidewalk demolition day on my block, and once again, I went outside to ask the crew if I could take some of the urbanite. Again, the answer was no.

So, here you have it, urbanite gone…

Construction photography - Sidewalks removed in Tucson, Arizona

…and dumped in the landfill.

I can’t help thinking of all the retaining walls, raised bed gardens, water harvesting berms and basins, and patios that could have been built with that urbanite. I mean, come on. This is a very creative neighborhood. I think we could have pleasantly surprised the city with how we recycled the urbanite.

What a waste.

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