This Month's Atrocity

Park Parking Lot, Meadowlands

The epitome of car dependent sprawl is when a 'local' children's playground requires a parking lot.

By Trey Shaughnessy
Published October 21, 2005

Park Parking Lot, Meadowlands
Park Parking Lot, Meadowlands

The epitome of car dependent sprawl is when a 'local' children's playground requires a parking lot.

You are looking at the Meadowlands Park Parking Lot. Notice the houses that back onto the park. I assume a selling feature was its proximity to the park (or was it the proximity to the parking lot that the buyers liked?).

Either way, I'm sure the children have plenty of fun at this park like any other - after they are driven there. The parents are also able to watch their children have fun from the car while they drink their drive-thru coffee.

Trey lives in Hamilton with his family. He is co-owner of an advertising agency, and develops brand awareness and creative services for the entertainment and tourism industry. His essays have appeared in The Energy Bulletin, Post Carbon Institute, Peak Oil Survival, and Tree Hugger, and he has appeared on Toronto's Goldhawk Live. Trey volunteers with the London Chapter of The Council of Canadians.

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