This is a panel from R. Crumb's "A Short History of America". (Colour version here.)
It's depressingly familiar, and not exclusively American - as anyone who's been to Riccarton Road in Christchurch can testify. You can watch the trees and birds disappear as the asphalt and ticky-tacky signage increase. Isn't progress wonderful?
This is how you can tell when something has been touched by"developers" - when it's fully "developed", it looks nothing like it used to.