Monday’s Quote: What’s In Your Way?
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?