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Monday’s Quote: What’s In Your Way?

Monday’s Quote

Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.”

~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Once you become “a walker”, meaning someone who embraces the fact that we are all pedestrians first and that walking is your primary mode of travel, you can’t help but to see the absurdity of our built environment.

A built environment with architecture, engineering and design that blocks natural paths is sometimes as simple as a locked gate through a public right-of-way. Easily scaled, but why bother; the locals don’t want you there anyway–neighbors alienated.

Do you go over it? Or, find another route around?

  1. greeze
    November 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    hop it or cut it!

  2. Franny Bluhm
    November 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Not easily scaled by a 66 year old – but it looks like such an inviting walk way, – I don’t want to go around. Gotta write a letter to the editor and to the city – open neighborhoods make our city so much better for all including the folks behind the chain.

  3. November 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    For the record, I went around, only to discover that it added .7 miles to reach my destination.

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