Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Updated Oct 06, 2021 at 02:32PM EDT by Adam.

Added Oct 03, 2021 at 11:57PM EDT by Autumn Able.

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About

Breezewood, Pennsylvania refers to a photo taken by Edward Burtynsky in 2008 of Exit 161 (formerly Exit 12) on I-70 in Breezewood, Pennsylvania. The photo shows Breezewood's highly concentrated mass of well-known brands, such as McDonald's, Exxon, Pizza Hut and others. The photo and the town itself has been associated with several image macros and critiques in recent years, often with commentary about the supposed lack of American culture or the effects of unfettered capitalism.

Origin

Burtynsky took the photo of Breezewood in 2008, and the photo was printed in 2009 (shown below).[1] One of the earliest known reposts of the image that used it as a commentary on America was by an anonymous Imgur[2] user, who on February 11th, 2012, titled the photo "Welcome to America."


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Breezewood had become a place of fascination for journalists in the mid-2010s. On February 6th, 2017, The New York Times[3] published a piece about the town, calling it a "notorious choke point" and "a vivid case study in governance over such projects. It shows how legal quirks, powerful politicians and opaque bureaucratic procedures can influence decisions about how to spend taxpayer dollars." It also noted how a road to bypass Breezewood is unlikely to be implemented, as it would need to be proposed by Breezewood's Bedford County, and Breezewood is an economic boon for the town.

The mid-2010s also saw increasing use of memes regarding Breezewood. On April 16th, 2018, Twitter user @BombermanHero[4] posted Butynsky's picture, writing, "This is one of my favorite photography pics taken mainly because if youve never been to the US then this is how it looks alot of the time," gaining over 11,000 retweets and 46,000 likes (shown below, left). On June 6th, 2019, user @ALLCAPSBRO[5] tweeted a What If We Kissed joke about Breezewood, gaining over 140 retweets and 600 likes (shown below, right).


Jojjua @BombermanHero ... This is one of my favorite photography pics taken mainly because if youve never been to the US then this is how it looks alot of the time EXON SUNOC EXON SUB AV GIFTS&SOUVENI McDonald's Restaurant DESEL PETRO:2 PE ROILUBE QuIznos Sus >>>> 365 EXON Self Cash 658 WAL Dber 3 158 39 EXON 4.271 ALL CAPS BRO ... @ALLCAPSBRO WHAT IF WE KISSED AT THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY EXIT IN BREEZEWOOD PENNSYLVANIA EXON SUNOC TE TACO BELL SUBI IAY GIFTS & SOUVENI McDonald's NOXE बहाट Restaurant Verkins PTRO:2 I PEROIEUBE Quiznos SuB Adyet EXON ICHELIN Gla Cash 65 3 58 39 Diner Self SA WAL LEXON 4.271 1:32 PM · Jun 6, 2019 · Twitter Web Client

The popularity of memes related to Bridgewood led Bloomberg's CityLab[6] to publish a piece on the town's popularity on the internet. The article noted that most memes seem to say that Breezewood looks like it could be anywhere in America, but the circumstances surrounding Breezewood make it unique in America. Burtynsky[7] reposted the article on his website.

Place, Japan

Burtynsky's Breezewood photograph was used in the first Place, Japan meme, a means for 4chan users to make fun of weeaboos who get excited over average-looking Japanese places.


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Various Examples


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Commodore V

In case anyone is wondering why this place looks weird, that's because it isn't a normal area.

Places like these are a what I like to call a "road stop area", attended primarily by people who are on long road trips (Days long) And need a place to refuel their car, get a bite to eat, and stretch their legs after being stuck in a car for hours at a time. Been to more these kind of places before.

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