Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Color of Streets

I love it when old bricks burst out from under the asphalt on the city's streets. It's kind of a peek into the past. This photo was taken south of North Ave and just east of Ashland. On a sunny day like yesterday, the red is so rich and beautiful. It made me realize that people used to see this color during the long winter days all the time rather than miles and miles of gray asphalt.

Think of how different it must have felt moving around the city on dreary winter days with a baked red road where ever you looked or drove. It's so obvious to me now that I can't believe I never noticed: part of our blah-blah winter landscape comes from our unimaginative paving materials!

Why can't we make the roads brick red, or better yet, forest green? And, what about all that concrete? Someone ought to be able to figure out how to come up with a better color. Or, maybe they could make chia pet-like curbs with grass growing out of them. The possibilities are endless. And better.

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