Half a biopond, better than none.

One of my favorite little urban oases is the biopond, tucked away behind laboratory buildings on the University of Pennsylvania campus. I hadn’t been in a while so I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and pay a visit today when it would be in full bloom. In particular, I wanted to eat my lunch in the little green grassy area at the far southern end. If you take the virtual online tour you’ll see it, and it’s so adorable. Or it was. I walked up today and headed back towards my favorite spot only and couldn’t find it. I kept circling around wood-chipped paths, confused and disoriented. Then I realized, the meadow is gone! In fact, a big chunk of the biopond is gone with gravel and wood chips where grass and garden beds used to be. I’m very sad that Penn made the choice to destroy part of the biopond gardens, no doubt for nearby construction.

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