odds and ends…mostly odds

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 in Atlanta, bicycling, landscape, urbanism | One Comment
odds and ends…mostly odds

The air has become thick in the south. It’s all sweat and humidity these days with the occasional thunderstorm from out of nowhere that soaks unsuspecting bicyclists. But I still find myself walking or riding around the neighborhood, often with no particular direction in mind, though if my path happens to cross the DQ or ...

sidewalks, atlanta

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 in architecture, Atlanta, landscape, urbanism | One Comment

I was wandering around the neighborhood this weekend and came to this odd bit of dead end sidewalk. Atlanta is a city full of awkward transitions. Here’s one now. This got me thinking in general about the condition of the typical Atlanta sidewalk. Down most residential streets, or the streets with sidewalks anyway, the pattern ...

blind stripes

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 in china, landscape, shanghai, transportation, urbanism | One Comment

The history of the pattern embedded into the Shanghai sidewalk is much more tragic than you would think. You have heard of the Cultural Revolution no doubt. In 1966, Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, alleged that the liberal bourgeoisie was penetrating Chinese society in a concentrated effort to restore capitalism. Mao insisted that ...