Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sushi and Poorly Planned Business Parks

Today was a big day here at the corporate business park. Snooty Snacks had SUSHI*!!

To put this into perspective, I work in an office building surrounded by other office buildings and lots of parking lots. The office is accessible by train, but can by no means be considered a TOD. For the carless, food options are limited. There are approximately two places to choose from to grab lunch, not including the hotel restaurant (I’d rather eat sand than pay for what they sell for $15 a plate). Both places are reasonably priced delis with salad bars. So when the one place we have deemed “Snooty Snacks” (a name based on the shiny silver building in which it’s housed) has something exotic as sushi, it’s a big deal.

Here is a clearly amateur sketch of the office building nightmare.
(Let’s hope my drawing skills improve in the next two years as my sketch reminds me of the one of a leprechan)

The majority of my coworkers live in the suburbs. They have the option to drive to the closest strip mall for a variety of food such as Subway, McDonalds or even Jason’s Deli. They look confused and dumbfounded when the few carless “city people” complain of the lack of food choices. “Well, isn’t there a deli somewhere?” they ask. Yes, we answer, but the same deli food day in and day out can become monotonous and downright disgusting at times.

These suburb people also don’t understand why we carless city people complain about the location of the office. “But it’s right next to the train,” they say. And they would be right. However, they also need to ask for directions if they ever choose to go to the train stop, which requires cutting through two parking lots, a roundabout and housewives driving SUVs furiously through the maze of buildings to pickup their kids from daycare.

It is these people, these car-centric suburb people, who I am sure planned this horrible, terrible excuse for a corporate business park. Just to get to Snooty Snacks, one must go through the guts of our building and out the loading dock then cut through two more parking lots. So why do I want to be a planner? So maybe one day I can consult some car-centric suburb developer to have a pedestrian-friendly site plan, and to not have my most exciting event of the day be Snooty Snacks Sushi.

*I had spicy tuna and a salmon/avocado roll and they were simply delightful!

1 comment:

  1. Don't sell yourself short with that illustration. You seem very aware of your surroundings. I don't have the spacial reasoning to outline what is where around me, which is why you may be cut out for a life of planning and I'm good at . . . blogging about dumb and useless things.