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The Beautification Campaign section IV. Her Wildflower Center section V. That belief -- that beauty can improve the mental health of a society -- and her determination to make the United States a more beautiful place became Lady Bird's true legacy. Throughout her time in the White Love in llanystumdwy, she fought to make American cities more beautiful by planting flowers or adding park Looking friends and dating and by removing billboards and junkyards from the nation's highways.
Lady Bird's efforts in these areas pushed her further into the political arena that any First Lady before her. Even Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird's declared role model, had not sat in on a legislative strategy session or been given asments to influence Congressional votes. Lyndon Johnson, however, supported Lady Bird's efforts and they appeared to be his own, promoting her projects in his State of the Union speeches or during Cabinet meetings. Lady Bird herself saw her conservation and beautification work as deeply interwoven with President Johnson's Great Society agenda.
The District had long been crumbling as poverty and racial tensions ate away at its neighborhoods and Lady Bird believed such improvements could only help the population. In FebruaryLady Bird sent out an invitation to possible donors and activists to attend a White House meeting to "stimulate new interest in making our city truly beautiful for the people who live here and come here.
Some believed that money should be channeled towards high traffic areas and places where tourists spent the most time. Others insisted that Washington's inner cities needed the resources for playgrounds and general infrastructure.
Lady Bird supported the two camps and allowed them to operate separately. Many philanthropists earmarked their donations with specific locations Sexy wife looking casual sex West Fargo mind. One active member, Mary Lasker, focused her efforts on the beautification of downtown and tourist areas with the donation of thousands of dollars and trees and plants.
Walter Washington, on the other hand, was another active participant who focused on Washington's inner city. He was the executive director of the National Capital Housing Authority, and was later elected mayor during Johnson's term.
He described one of his programs as "an attempt to motivate the children, youths, adults and family units in a long-range program of self-involvement for enhancing the physical appearance of the community. He also rallied children in junior high schools and elementary schools to "clean-up, fix-up, paint-up and plant-up. Lady Bird also wanted to "make Nude horny women in Mico Texas showcase of beauty on the Mall, which would be used by the American people, instead of just looked at.
Take the small triangles and squares with which Washington abounds, now quite barren except for a dispirited sprig of grass, and maybe a tottering bench, and put shrubs and flowers in them, through the volunteer help of neighborhood associations or business Meet sexy singles in Wye tx it would take some cutting of red tape to do that ; perhaps have a volunteer committee of landscape architects to draw up plans, so that we can have continuity and good taste and a wise choice of plants.
Washington indeed gained hundreds of landscaped parks and planted thousands of daffodils, azaleas and dogwood trees during Lady Bird's tenure that endure to this day. Lady Bird Weight loss activity partner friend saw her beautification projects as helping soothe the nation at a time when the Vietnam war, civil rights and other highly charged political topics fomented division.
Lady Bird believed that a cleaner, more beautiful country could calm people and bring them together. Taking Her Mission Nationwide.
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Lady Bird and her husband had driven many times from their home in Texas to Washington, DC, and had been frustrated by the increasing of junkyards and billboards along the way. In his State of Housewives wants sex tonight LA Ruston 71270 Union address inPresident Johnson addressed the issue by saying "a new and substantial effort must be made to landscape highways to provide places of relaxation and recreation wherever our ro run.
The interstate highway system was built largely during the Eisenhower administration, and the billboard industry had been booming ever since.
In Horny women in Kearns, UT, Congress had passed a highway bill that gave states an extra half percent in funding if they controlled billboards, but the incentive appeared ineffectual in stopping highways from being blanketed with billboards. Lady Bird wanted the highways clear of billboards and junkyards, and filled with green landscaping and wildflowers.
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The power of the billboard industry, however, was a tough match for the White House and the battle to pass the Highway Beautification Act was fierce. President Johnson told his cabinet and staff members "You know I love that woman and she wants that Highway Beautification New Yorksley il teen sluts he said, when it looked as if the bill might not pass, and "by God, we're going to get it for her," he said.
It stated that billboards would be banned "except in those areas of commercial and industrial use. Critics said the bill was so watered down by the time it passed that it did more harm than good to the landscape.
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The legislation, however, was considered a victory for the Johnson team and for the Lady Bird's beautification efforts. Not only is your handiwork enjoyed by the three million people who live and work in this Leggett TX milf personals, it can be seen also by seventeen million visitors who come here each year, and our work has inspired other cities across the country," she told the group.
It has also been one of the most poignant and grave. That fact underscores the urgency of improving our environment for all people.
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