Big Box Birds

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In North America, the convergence of bad planning, “ME first” self-interest and the culture of the automobile gave rise to urban sprawl, which is now the hallmark of our urban areas.  Adding insult to injury, those factors are also antithetical to creativity and sustainability.  One result of the sprawl syndrome is the cookie-cutter “Big Box” mall where sameness, asphalt and cheap stucco are de rigueur.  They are everywhere.  These scenes could literally be from a suburb in Los Angeles, Calgary, Dallas, Atlanta or Toronto.  If you are curious, they were shot in Mississauga, an unimaginative suburb of Toronto where real estate developers effectively had a free hand for 30 years.  This image is part of My World Tuesday.

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