Urbanism is people-watching. Urbanism is walking the dog at night. Waiting for the bus in the rain, comparing boots and disliking umbrellas. Streets with or without cars; paths for wheels; sidewalks for eating, or shopping, or strolling. Bundling the baby in a stroller to get to daycare on cold mornings. Riding the train to work. City living and dreaming of owning a yard. Visiting relatives in the suburbs to remember it’s not worth the yard. Traveling and walking, walking, and more walking. Skyscraper views out the window, due South. Baseball park views due North. Fire-escape gardens and neighborly noises. Studying strangers on the street corner. Calculating the groceries that fit in one backpack and 4 reusables bags. Anonymity amongst familiar crowds. Parallel parking and paying to park. Big parks, small playlots, and potted plants. Towers with elevators, third floor walk-ups, carriage units, roommates in houses with envious gardens, and double-loaded corridors. I’ve had the great fortune to experience life from all of these perspectives, which has catalyzed the urbanist in me. I’d love to know, what is your urbanism?
Submitted by JS ::: This is the first in a series of short posts that intend to further shed light on each of our interests.