As I read Meadowlands one thing I kept going back to was our first class discussion about what we all thought was wilderness. I didn’t expect to find myself reading about such an interesting and diverse environment just outside the fast paced city of New York. I kept think about how I would categorize this location from the different definitions and terms given to us and how I could relate the two.
In a basic sense of it the Meadowlands is indeed a wilderness. Much of it seems to be between a stark contrast of natural beauty and filth left behind from previous visitors (of course not usually of the canoeing sort). I would indeed consider it to be a wild and uncultivated area. Sullivan and his friend Dave spend much time exploring the area in their canoe treks to see the full extent of the area between the swamp and the waterways. However considering how much attention is spent looking at the waste and filth left behind by the local human populaces, several words kept coming to mind: shambles, wasteland, and lawless. This area, if given the proper maintenance and care, could be a pristine area of nature. However it was left to serve as a dumping ground and bears the scars of human progress in industrialization and commercialization (49, 85). The land is in shambles because humans made it that way. People made it into a wasteland by leaving all their garbage and waste and in a sense have left the areas not under commercial or civilian use to be a wasteland to rot in its own filth.
A theme that also comes to mind is something discussed in classes taken with Dr. Fusch. He would always make mention of Human-Environment Interaction when looking at a new region. This would look at how the local populaces interact and manipulate the given environment to suit their needs. I couldn’t help but do the same thing and see that the human interactions have been a poor development to the overall condition. The area so much hasn’t been manipulated but set aside as the need be trash heap of human growth in the area. While the immediate effects may and most likely continue to be unnoticed, the area continues to be infested with trash and be left to mull in itself.