I own a lawn mower. I use it once a week for an hour. Talk about a massive amount of under utilized capacity.
I'm also not the type to consider lawn work a pain to maintain. Of course, I'm talking an actual yard, not the back 40. In fact, that's my guaranteed weekly bit of escape from tech. Once the yard is being cared for, a simple bit of mowing doesn't take that long. A few times a year, it takes an additional stroll around the yard with some fertilizer.
Of course cities seem to quickly be abdicating care of common spaces to HOAs anyway, with neighborhoods and common spaces laid out by developers with little or no incentive to fix this problem—another part of the death of the commons and the atomization of civic life and the growth of "eff you, I got mine" generally—so I'm just pulling an Old Man Yells at Cloud here. Though this is literally why we can't have nice things, so it remains frustrating.
I get it. It makes sense.
Personally, it's not for me, since
(1) I just don't like being gutter-to-gutter crowded. If I had my way, I'd see nothing but grass and tree, with not a single neighbor in a straight line of sight.
(2) I like entertaining family/friends in the intimate setting of kitchen/backyard rather than a public park.
(3) A park lacks certain things, e.g. a trampoline, which my kids love.
(4) My young children (ages 1, 3, 5) can't yet go to the park independently, even a nearby one, but they can open the back door to the fenced background.
(5) Same as #4 but pets (dogs, ducks, chickens).
Not a fan of apartment living (at least not for a family) though I get why people like it. What I don't like and can't understand the appeal of are typical low-density-but-not-low-density-enough suburbs, though. Worst of both worlds—few or no things in walking distance, not enough space to do much with or keep the neighbors away, but enough you have to own some stuff to keep it up, and the neighbors mean you have to keep it up. Ugh. Unfortunately it's that or suburban apartments (now that may truly be the worst of all options) if you want decent or good schools, in our city. Schools in denser areas are mostly bad, schools in the country are mostly bad. It sucks.
It I could get a table saw - or a lawnmower - delivered in an hour (or scheduled) - then I can begin to own/possess a lot less.
What if...(again, just spitballing, don't get stuck in the details of who, etc.) FedEx got into the storage biz? They warehouse your stuff and commit to delivering anything you have there for some fee. Let's face it, tons of people are storing TONS of stuff already. Often collecting dust I would bet. Maybe FedEx could offer to manage it in a "time share" sorta way?
With that service, the size of your high $ per sq foot residence (or office) can now be much smaller, less cluttered, etc.
Yeah, all this sounds weird, but so is AirB&B, Uber/Lyft, etc.
Totally with ya. I’m slowing turning my mom’s backlawn into a giant tomato, kale and eggplant patch.
Gotta figure out what to do with the lame Apple tree though.
[EDIT] plus the lawn service does edging. So. Really not competitive.