Todd D’Andrea (Reading/Projects/Current Enviro events)


Does Sullivan ever attempt to explain in detail his reasons for The Meadowlands holding a special space in his heart?  In the beginning he discusses his close proximity to the area given that he lives in NYC.  I would suggest that his trips to The Meadowlands began as a convenient way of attempting to ‘clear his head’ and get ‘back to nature’ while not traveling too far from home.

I have this image of a gurgling wasteland when I attempt to envision the narrative Sullivan is presenting. An image of the nuclear plant came to mind for me off of the Simpson’s from years ago where the toxic waste created a 3 eyed fish. . .

Who would have ever thought so much history came to be at the site of The Meadowlands.  Throughout the multiple chapters of the book Sullivan covers a very detailed survey of networks of associations that came together in time and place.

If one is brave enough to overcome the smells and disgust of the landscape, based on what I’ve read, The Meadowlands are a place of discovery and treasure hunting.  There is such a deep interplay of generations (flavoring and mixing), having come and gone, leaving behind their tossed goods and and buried with those goods many of the stories that were dear to its residents and those passing through for various reasons.

There is such a contrast with the evolution in the history of this area. With great wit Sullivan describes how in this area for example European landscape painters once set up their easels to paint the quiet tidal estuaries and old cedar swamps, and where now commuters avoid being run down by by trucks that haul motel-room-sized sleeping compartments with silver silhouettes of naked women guarding their back wheels.

The terms ‘chaos’ and ‘boonies’ stood out for me in reading the chapter titled ‘Valley of the Garbage Hills’.  Sullivan discusses the story of how the animal control officer had not used enough gas when attempting to dispose of dogs after their being put down, and they were found wondering alive across the great garbage hills in the area.  The picture of this is just so decayed and inhumane.

In the book, Dan Smith describes the Meadowlands with a great term.  He calls it the ‘urban wilderness’.  It is a living stew of the mix of industry and nature, of overlooked beauty and dismissive appreciation.  Sullivan makes a noble attempt to persuade the reader into seeing the inner beauty of the Meadowlands and its often alternative concepts of natural beauty and value in the eye of the beholder.

And Finally, I would agree Jimmy Hoffa is buried under Giants Stadium.  I would think this gesture would have been much more insulting than burying him in The Meadowlands.


  1. Methodist Theological School farms
  2. Blankets for the homeless who are outdoors in the winter months (strategically placed across the Delaware suburban/urban environment where they are most likely to bed down for the night)
  3. Stratford Ecological Center farms

Current Environmental events:

(improved resolution technology)

In two of my other courses this semester (Remote Sensing and Urban Geography), I am beginning to start the planning stages of looking into Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULC) in Costa Rica.  My interest in LULC began in Environmental Alteration with a case study of the deforestation occurring in the war torn country of Afghanistan.

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