Photo: Topsy Qur’etThis may be the “most wonderful time of the year” for holiday music fans, but it’s a terrible time to drive: Constant freezing and thawing and the pounding of holiday traffic create craters in the asphalt large enough to swallow a Cooper Mini, leaving us to pick our way through a minefield of potholes. But who says that’s such a bad thing? Potholes are a perennial topic of griping in cities worldwide, given their tendency to damage unsuspecting vehicles, threaten bicyclists, and impede all modes of traffic. We debate their origin (“Did they really start in ancient Rome?”), allow them a …
The liquidation of Borders bookstores in cities raises the question of how to preserve the social value of spaces that are now prime real estate.
Photographer Burton Holmes created gorgeous photographs that documented urban life before the rise of the automobile. Could they help us to recapture some of what we have lost?
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