November 12th, 2008


You climb out the chinmey And meet me in the middle

Yesterday, as you no doubt guessed, was Neighborhood Walk. I spent too long putting my own together, and then checked out what other people saw on their walkabouts.

This shot, from Cynthia Closkey's walk, makes me sad. Why? Well, seeing as the Bessemer and Lake Erie and Buffalo and Pittsburgh tracks are under it I've also taken shots of it and from it.

But I have this other problem. I'm one of what seems like must be 5 people in the world who are products of engineering discipline and doesn't believe that form should be forgotten and only function is worth paying for... and the bridge they're going to build is yet another one of the usual "slap a trio of beams over concrete T-bar piers" that are supplanting older, interesting structures with history and character.

We can't preserve or reuse everything. That doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.