Monday, March 21, 2011
The future of Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach... Year 2550
In the middle of the 20th Century, humans had started developing trash dumps and redesigning them to become attractive gardens for many of the individuals living and dwelling in the larger metropolitian areas. One such trash dump turned garden was Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, alongside Interstate 64.
Daily commuters traveled between Virginia Beach and the City of Norfolk Virginia or across the Hampton Roads areas going all the way to Williamsburg, Virginia. It was reknown for the fine beach community, schools and Universities in the area, along with the economy that was tied into the Global Community of the 21st Century. The Hampton Roads area served the community and Commonwealth of Virginia well for the next 150 years.
World-renowned Mount Trashmore Park is 165 acres, 60 feet high, over 800 feet long, and was created by compacting layers of solid waste and clean soil. Recognized for its environmental feat, the park features the Water Wise demonstration garden that boasts xeriscaping where you can learn how to create a beautiful garden with minimal water requirements.
Early in the 21st Century, it was noted that the waters around the Cheseapeake Bay were rising. Many individuals in the Norfolk, Virginia area began to have their homes repaired and "lifted" or "jacked up" along the inlets of the James River. This kept many independent contractors and home concrete service industries busy over the first five decades of the 21st Century. As the population grew, new developments stretched farther inland along the I-95 route between Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C. Even once remote Louisa County, Virginia with its rolling hill sides and farms of the early 21st century was later turned into subdivisions after subdivision as the population increased from 307,000,000 million individuals in 2011 to 415,000,000 million indivduals by 2075.
The use of cars, well, gas powered cars became unreasonable by 2050. Many individuals had converted over to alternative engines or using mass transit. High Speed Rail lines linked all the major cities, and even to this day remains the greatest legacy of President Obama's Administration of 2008 to 2016. While the interstate system of President Johnson's Administration was the means of mass transit for several decades prior, and even many of the interstate system remain. In 2075, there was a merger between the State Highway Departments and the Railroads. One can travel from New New York to California in 7 hours on the ultra-speed rail lines, that travel at over 250 miles per hour. By 2100, most individuals lived in the larger cities, with over 120 million individuals still living on farms and in open farming land in the Midwest region.
The LA basin, moved further inland and now stretched by 2199 across the mountains into Las Vegas and southward into Phoenix. Many of the coastal cities by 2299 had experience a rise of over 12 feet of the oceans.
What once was the beautiful parkland and playground of Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach had now became an isolated island with reeds growing around it and reminiscent of the Florida Everglades. Water fowl, sea-gulls, use the island as a rookery and alligators had colonized the island having arrived from Chesapeake further to the south of the island. There were other 'islands' that had been former trash dumps. Yet one has to take a boat ride from Williamsburg Virginia down the old interstate-64 route towards where Fort Eustis once was located, or south towards where Suffolk Islands are today in 2550. The coast regions of Virginia were once in the temperate region designated as a "6" according to old historical plant growing charts. Today, it and regions further south are within the sub-tropics and the oceans rose to over 35 by the year 2489