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There Used To Be Lots

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: There Used To Be Lots Reply with quote

I grew up on 124th Street in S. Ozone Park New York. 11530.

For kids, I remember that not every parcel of land had a house. There were these things: grassy, weedy pieces of earth called lots.

Unbuilt, with a trace of the flora that was there before.

My neighbor's backyard had apple trees and other fruit trees, too.

In New York City.

Some lots were just good for baseball...dirty flat lots. Others, full of weeds. Others with some hills and paths -- great for adventuring and riding bikes (as a 6 year old). Some lots were nasty...dumps. Excess concrete, and old refrigerators and stuff from Con Edison...maybe an abandoned building. We weren't supposed to play there, so it became our clubhouse. Broken glass and loads of metal to tinker with.

Now there aren't many lots in neighborhoods....they'd all make good condo sites and are too expensive for kids. I wonder what kind of good elasticity those lots used to be...islands of nature in the city.
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