Can You Name the Town?


Sorry I missed posting last week’s Weekly Carnage everyone. I was out of town, um, visiting the strip mall in the photo above.

Every time I leave the city I end up in a place like this: A sea of unused parking spaces in front of a strip mall accessible only by the car with no housing anywhere in site.  When environmentalists talk about the problems caused by an overabundance of impermeable surfaces that collect and taint rainwater, this is the type of place they’re talking about.  When Donald Shoup writes about the need for zoning reform to stop minimum parking requirements based on arbitrary numbers, or Jane Holtz Kay complains about planning parking requirements based on Christmas Eve demand levels, this is the type of place they have in mind.

One or two of these places would be bad enough. But they are everywhere. So here’s a contest: Can you name the city or town where this photo was taken? The person who guesses the closest gets a special prize, courtesy of Streetsblog. I bet nobody is even going to be close because of this one fact: All these places look identical.

  • Jeez, AD, I feel like I’ve purchased tube socks at this place at least a dozen times in my travels north of the city….

  • AD

    Yes, but can you be any more specific?

  • Bill

    A suburb in the New York State capital district?

  • steveo

    Okay, I’ll guess White Plains, just to be the first.

  • I’ll say the great state of Connecticut, where you may have been campaigning for Ned Lamont this weekend!

  • Sean

    Route 1 in Westport/Fairfield.

  • Queensbury, NY…

  • The summit of Mount Everest

  • Ben

    Greenfield, MA

  • Clarence

    I’m not joking when I say North Adams, MA cause there is an Ames just like this. But I am sure we all think we know it.

  • Isn’t that just down the road a piece from your mom’s place?

  • John

    It looks like somebody dropped a strip shopping center onto the surface of the moon.

  • I know where it’s not, but it bears a remarkable resemblance to a lot in Brick, NJ where a Foodtown used to be. I believe that tale actually will have a happy ending as the city bought the land before a big box retailer could. Still, Brick is the picture of suburban sprawl….

  • Hmm… Latham, NY, perhaps?

  • Ack! I didn’t mean Latham, I meant East Greenbush. -_-

  • ddartley

    Sussex, NJ, baby.

  • Sean, Westport? Come on–that place is so rich they’d never allow an Ames there. Route 1 is actually kind of nice and dense, for a suburb.

    I know it’s not Fishkill, NY, but it sure looks like an old shopping plaza there.

  • kablooey

    Pawling? I’m almost certain but then again I could be wrong.



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