I live in a densely populated fairly urban-suburban area. Houses, most built in the 1920s, are close together on 50′ x 100′ lots. New York City is 25 miles east. My street starts on our town’s Main Street. There used to be a gas station there whose ancient tanks sprung a leak and the site was shut down and ’cleaned up’ to the tune of millions of dollars. Now there is a Dunkin’ Donuts where the gas station used to be.
Behind and adjacent that misspelled testament to obesity in America is an abandoned, contaminated lot. Collateral damage. It used to have a house on it. Now it has wildflowers (most will call them weeds) and wildlife among the 10+ testing stations for subterranean pollution. I hope they don’t mow it and allow it to start to heal itself.