They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot

This is what they got rid of to put up a parking lot — picture by Shefali O’Hara

In 1970, Joni Mitchell released her song “Big Yellow Taxi”. It included the line, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

I’ve been thinking of that song a lot lately. You see, my community is a victim of progress. People keep moving here and developers keep developing it. Thus ruining the…

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Shefali O'Hara

Shefali O'Hara

Cancer survivor, artist, writer, engineer. Grew up in NYC, living in Austin. Love animals, books, hikes, art, travel, D&D and fireworks.