Driving along Edina’s Metro Boulevard, the corporate properties roll primly by: Sculpted lawns, flower beds brimming with daylilies, marigolds and petunias, and the occasional little sign warning people to stay off the grass because herbicide has been applied. Then you come upon the new Edina Public Works building at W. 74th Street and Metro Boulevard. There’s a neat strip of mowed grass between the road and the sidewalk, and then wildness: Brown spires of rye gone to seed, bold clumps of pink swamp milkweed, and a spidery yellow wildflower waving in the breeze. It’s like finding a hippie in a crowd of bankers. And the bankers are not pleased.

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