They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Ah, yes, “Big Yellow Taxi” – a song from my namesake – well, kind of. Joni Mitchell, that is. I don’t let too many people call me Joni, but when I do, I ask that it be spelled that way, not “Joanie.”

Anyway, that diversion aside, let’s talk about parking lots. Specifically, let’s talk about why, in York County, we feel compelled to make them as complicated and hard to navigate as possible!


This idea comes from my friend, commenter Brett, who brought it up a while back. He mentioned the one in Springettsbury Township, where Best Buy is. Last night, I realized I’m very used to navigating the one at Delco Plaza, but if you’re not familiar with it, you can get stuck in the Giant gas area and have a hard time getting back out!

You guys have any others to suggest? Or do you think I’m crazy and they’re not so bad? Let me know!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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3 Responses to They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

  1. Joe says:

    You can thank your local municipal ordinance for parking lot design. Everything from teh size of the space to how many trees are in or around the parking lot is covered.
    I think the York Galleria’s lot entrances are screwy but aside from that, I don’t believe I’ve ever been trapped… for long anyway, in a parking lot.

  2. Jo says:

    It seems all new parking lots are being built in a similar manner–cockeyed & helter-skelter! The two you mention are examples and now the new center in Mechanicsburg where Wegman’s is located is just as bad. What I find unnerving about these layouts is the traffic that seems to be coming at you from all directions. We need eyes on all four sides of our heads to prevent a collision. Maybe a periscope!
    Do you sense that these layouts are done deliberatly to prevent shoppers/drivers from leaving the area too quickly and to hold us there in hopes we’ll see another store we missed and might want to go into? I’m sure there’s a method behind this madness and I wish someone would explain it.

  3. Tracey says:

    I am one of those fortunate few, but I see everything you sign as “Joan” so I try to force myself to call you that, but your Mom’s Joan and you’re Joni to me 😉 I was sending you a surprise through the Mom railroad and I told my Mom “Please give this to Mrs. Concilio to give to Mrs. Otto)
    Anyway, to the actual comment, (sorry I drifted off) but the Target’s in York suck. They slope and you head out for what appears to be an exit to find a low curb. I’ve seen this in West and East ends.

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