USA Land Use Report

The United States is widely regarded as a global economic superpower. Citation: I’m sure that sentence has appeared verbatim in Time Magazine before. But on a recent roadtrip throughout the middle and Eastern US, I found myself wondering, ‘If we’re such an economic superpower – If we’ve been plundering this land for centuries – what do we really have to show for it?’

Not to put too fine a point on it, but…

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Intersections.

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Overpasses.

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Viaducts over parking lots.

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Asphalt Rat-Kings.

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Asthmatic children.

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Surprisingly honest advertising.

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Pot of gold (clogged toilet at Denny’s).

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K-Mart parking lots.

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Vinyl siding that ranges in color from grey to light beige.

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Roads near buildings.

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Roads on top of roads.

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Bus stops where passengers seek refuge from the harsh sun under shrubs like marsupials in the Australian Savannah.

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A whole lot of this stuff.

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A giant statue of a Native American man with his arm out, palm up, as if to ask, ‘WHAT DID YOU GUYS DO TO THIS PLACE?!’

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Here and there a sign that it’ll all be over soon.

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3 Responses to USA Land Use Report

  1. Froggie August 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Plenty of good to go with the bad, though I realize that would go against the grain of this post…

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke August 16, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    “excuse me sir, we need to ask you to step out from the bathroom and hose you off”

    “BUT I KNOW THERE’S GOLD IN THERE SOMEWHERE!”

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