Dump to theme park


israeli-dump.jpg In what is becoming a more and more common urban planning move, Tel Aviv is turning a former dump into a park. Interestingly, they aren’t hiding the trashy past of the space, but rather celebrating it in recycling-themed sculptures. Interesting stuff. Thanks for the link, Alina! And thanks to everyone out there for bearing with me through this most recent and most lengthy trash hiatus. I took a couple trashy photos in West Africa, which I hope to share soon but was otherwise preoccupied by the demands of the day job, absorbing the wonders of new cultures and fighting off various parasites. It’s good to be home!

Photo by Isabel Kershner via nytimes.com

4 Responses to “Dump to theme park”

  1. ioman01 Says:

    Curitiba, Brazil (sometimes called the capital of Brazilian recycling) did this long ago. One of the main urban parks is a former landfill, and they are open about its past.

    For that matter, so is Rio de Janeiro. There’s a great churrascaria in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio that offers a fine view of Sugarloaf (Pão de Açucar) and Guanabara Bay. If you ask the address or name of the place, it’s “Aterro de Flamengo.” Aterro is Portuguese for landfill. If used to be the municipal landfill. But now it’s a nice park

  2. everydaytrash Says:

    Thanks for the info, Keith!

    Using some of the names you mentioned, I found this neat Frontline link on the parks of Cauitiba: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/brazil1203/park-photos.html

    Very cool.

  3. Ruby Re-Usable Says:

    There is the TRASH Museum in Lyndhurst, NJ (it used to be called the Garbage Museum, but that is officially in Stratford, CT), that calls attention to the Hackensack Meadowlands trashy past, its been around for some time now!


    love, etc Ruby

    Welcome back!
    Did you find those crotched plastic bag dolls?

  4. everydaytrash Says:

    I didn’t have time to hunt down our dolls in Burkina, but left a colleague in charge of the search. He has promised to deliver some to me at a conference we are both attending next month. Fingers crossed!

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