Maybe it is still happening in some areas, but in the past, artificial lawns were frowned upon. To put it bluntly, people who did not like the idea thought it was just false and superficial. You could see from a mile off that this was not real grass. What a fake; is how these people would have summed it up. Artificial grass lawn installations are a different kettle of fish today. In fact, you never will be able to tell.
How many houses you may have driven past; you just never know. There could have been one or two of those. And for those that do, there are understandable reasons for doing so. To add some natural attraction to a commercial property, this is the natural way to go for many commercial businesses whose properties and grounds are well suited for this. In the process, they will also have brought in a landscape architect to add good soil and a few beds of hardy shrubs.
Hardy because such flora can pretty much take care of itself. It needs little water and the business owner does not need to expend time away from normal production on maintenance. The matter of water is, these days, quite important. Those who choose to lay out an artificial lawn may very well be doing the environment a huge favor. They are giving it some breathing space. There is no superficiality in this.
There is nothing false about it either. And, in actual fact, it is quite sustainable and practical. How ironic though. To think; it takes an artificial lawn to save the environment. That of course, will only apply to those areas that are extremely dry and there is very little in the way of water resources to spare.