“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Land of the Lost: The Freeway To Nowhere

I've always been fascinated with abandoned projects - buildings, ghost ships, and what not.  
I think it's truly fascinating that at some point in our lives, or in that of our parent's; Someone's dream came to a screeching halt.  That in the middle constructing a mall or highway the money ran out, or a protest brought things to a close.
In the following images you will see the Richmond Parkway Interchange, "a stretch of highway that would have connected southern Staten Island to the Staten Island Expressway."  
According to Nathan Kensinger's blog, "The plan for the parkway was to cut through what is now the Staten Island Greenbelt, tearing down pristine forests." 
Members in nearby communities were able to stop urban developer, Robert Moses with amazing success - this project ended up being his last.  Residents were able to protect their beautiful landscape, and the highway has since remained abandoned for more than 45 years.  The roads are now littered with empty liquor bottles, abandoned cars with trees growing through them, and juvenile graffiti.
It would be a dream to be able to visit all these places I blog about so much.  Just another goal in life...

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1 comment:

Ryan said...

One day we'll go see all these amazing sites together, my love, though Europe, Japan and even Massachusetts would probably be much prettier. :)

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