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Las Vegas, as well as most of the Southwest United States is in a drought, thus causing great concern on available water supplies for growth. As mentioned above, the city has replaced real grass for synthetic on some of the highways’ medians. Do you think all public areas in Las Vegas should replace grass with synthetic, including school yards? Why or Why Not?
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It does not matter to me, I am to old and real or synthetic grass is no concern of mine.  Although, if it saves money in the long run, then replace it all.  Daniel D.

*  No, save the grass, not only does it look better but it also helps the environment. Beatrice Howard.

 I can see the drought is causing the southwest headaches and using fake grass on the medians is fine. costly but fine. however not the schools. we teach and show our children how to do and be natural. how to eat properly, how nature is beautiful and now you want to go artificial on the grass at school what message is this sending the impressionable kids. that you can fix something that is troublesome with modern technology. you should be looking into spending money on a grass seed that tolerates the head and minimum water. irrigation can work. plant trees for shade. many ways to keep the schools green and clean. Ralph 

* Live grass in the desert is a luxury. No single answer will apply to all public spaces, you need to have an array of options. Primarily, you need to look at converting a grass surface to something more natural and low maintenance, that also fulfills the needs of the particular space. And face it, Las Vegas is desert. Nothing grows without assistance. Try using different textures of rock or sand, drought-tolerant vegetation, or decorative paving stone before paving over lawns with Astro-Turf.  Don Portland, OR

I think making grass grow in the desert is a joke.  Why not accept that and move on to how to save water and make the city grow.  I am all in favor of any type of surface that does not require huge maintenance costs or water usage.  Darrell S.

*  If I want to see lots of grass I sure don't need to go to Las Vegas to see it. Remember that Las Vegas is in the middle of a desert. Why not just go with the "natural" rock and sand terrain that is the usual for that part of the country. The lack of green grass is part of the reason that I go to Las Vegas along with the temps 20 degrees higher than home and the almost nonexistent humidity. The desert is what Las Vegas is and it should be true to it's nature. The limited use of the synthetic grass is fine if it fits in and I expect that it does in some places. But, I'm not really sure if the "Welcome" sign needs grass. Let's try it both ways and have a poll to decide.  Bill 

Considering that you are in the middle of a desert where it takes considerably more water to keep things growing than it would in other areas of the country, putting in synthetic grass to conserve water is a very responsible and logical action to take.  Heather Doyle


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