You might be saying to yourself, "Why self, that doesn't look like a parking lot at all!"
And you'd be right—It's not.
Meet the old Circuit City in Springfield, Virginia. Believe it or not, I used to shop there when I was in high school (heck, I even applied for a job there)—but it's been sitting vacant for about 10 years now, ever since the company moved closer to the soon-to-be-equally-defunct Springfield Mall.
What does one do with a large commercial building that's been sitting vacant for that long, especially now that we've got the hottest recovery in history (at least according to the President and his puppets in Congress)?
Fairfax County has scooped up a vacated Circuit City site in Springfield, will burn it down and plans to develop a commuter parking facility there.
The property, located at 7039 Old Keene Mill Road, has a land area of 118,000 square feet and would serve several Metrobus and Fairfax Connector routes. The county bought the property for $4.5 million on March 19 from D.C.-based Monument Realty, according to county tax assessment records.
You see, despite running an inexplicable (in light of our stellar "recovery"—Yes, I'm being facetious) budget deficit here in Fairfax County, we still have plenty of cash to spend on burning down buildings to build commuter parking lots the same size as others that just happen to be a mile or so up the street (one of which, incidentally, is almost always empty).
Once again we see the end result of limitless government spending—Be it bridges to nowhere or parking lots for no one, our kids be paying for all of it for the next 100 years.
If they're lucky, that is.
(Thanks as always to my eagle-eyed friends at Fairfax Underground.)