Here's an album of photos that I took one day in Cementland. Cementland is an abandoned/unfinished industrial playground/amusment park kind of place (if you're in to that sort of thing).
I've been focusing on photography (mostly street photography) for the last few years, and I put together this photoblog to showcase past and current work. For best results, view in correct order. If you only have time to look at one image, I suggest this triptych.
"Changing Landscapes in the Garden State" is an ongoing collaborative report between Rowan University and Rutgers University that analyzes the urban development patterns in New Jersey since 1986. The latest version of the report was released at the end of July to include the latest data from 2007. Previous versions of the report included static maps of development patterns; this release is the first to include several interactive, animated maps that demonstrate urban growth, farmland, forest and wetlands loss, as well as increases in impervious surface. A final map shows the land that actually remains and is vulnerable to future development. There's not much left in New Jersey; approximately 1 million acres remain.
Dingbats are modern shoebox-on-stilts apartment houses ubiquitous to the Sun Belt and west coast. No doubt you've seen a few. Built mostly during the 1950s-1970s, these stucco boxes often feature shmaltzy wrought iron lamps and names like 'Camelot' or 'Roman Gardens;' some are just downright depressing. The Dingbat project is a (perhaps humorous, sometimes educational) catalog of the Dingbats, architectural mishaps, and other urban detritus I encounter in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area.