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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Victoria is a lovely city. There are lots of tree-lined streets and well-kept homes. Little parks dot the neighborhoods and one is never far from the ocean or forested hills. And compared to many other cities in North America Victoria does not have much strip mall such as pictured above. These business oriented zones full of used car lots, fast food restaurants, inexpensive motels and malls encircled by vast blacktopped parking lots sometimes seem like something left over from the era of Willy Loman, a part of the city still struggling to get out of the '50s.


s.c said...

Well it is something you don't find in europe for certain.

Clueless in Boston said...

It looks very familiar, as this scene could almost anyplace in the U.S.

Dean Lewis said...

Hmm, interesting observations. Such commercial islands are common and almost always along major thoroughfares that few people would like to reside because of the high traffic. They are like small'town-centres' along the post-WWII baby-boom urban sprawl.
The amount of parking space seems to be a function of the large amount of 'undeveloped' land here in the 'New World' compared to Europe.

JoJo said...

This could definitely be 'anytown USA', and especially reminds me of Washington State.

Mike Laplante said...

Ugly as hell, isn't it?

My wife and I are considering an eventual move to Parksville. We love the area for its natural beauty, but one thing that turns me off is the main drag of fast food joints, car lots and low-end motels.