The perfect turf-grass lawn has come under scrutiny in recent years, and for good reason. It is a biologically sterile, labor intensive, environmentally unsustainable landscape type. I first had the pleasure of walking down Laney Road after finally finding a parking spot for the Lilac Festival years ago. The photo shows a creative alternative to the lawn by one of its residents. To me, this is a rich space that attests to individuality and offers an amenity to the neighborhood. For those who may not want something quite as funky for their suburban lawns, there are more restrained alternatives that will nonetheless make your community richer.
Calvin Laney, for whom this street was presumably named, was the land surveyor who participated in the development of Highland and other area parks, and first superintendent of the Rochester Parks Department (1888).