Trader Joe’s Contribution to Urban Sprawl

Trader Joe’s has taken over the sidewalk of 14th st, all in the quest to deliver pounds of no-boil noodles into the caches of eager Manhattanites.

Tipster and photosnatcher Bucky Turco wonders if the community board won’t “go after these guys any second now.”

We can only hope that the Cranberry White Chocolate Mini Scones haven’t gotten to them first.


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  1. Andrew W says:

    The Trader Joe’s in Cambridge solved the urban sprawl problem with its own choice of location. Whereas the Cambridge Whole Foods are both accessible by foot, subway, and car, Trader Joe’s is accessible by nothing at all. . .

    The perimeter is blocked off to foot traffic; it can take five minutes to make the left turn across Memorial Drive; when it snows, there’s nowhere to put the snow but in other parking spaces; and when it rains, the lot floods (and they push shopping carts into the deeper parts to show drivers how deep it really is).

    Thus, environmentally, there are no possible strains customers could add to the area. Sprawl solved.

  2. OkiMike says:

    14th street reminds me of the aisles in a Wal-Mart store.