Archive for August, 2010

Baltimore’s manhole covers have a tendency towards bold patterns and large font sizes.

DPW CONDUIT

Philosophical question-- is a water meter a type of manhole cover or is it an entirely different category of infrastructure? Is diameter size the only distinction?

Is there a difference between a water meter and a water valve?

WATER VALVE

WATER VALVE MAIN VAULT

SANITARY SEWER

Minimalist. E is for electric?

Large font + bold pattern = a nice looking manhole cover.

One of my favorite manhole covers, with an Art Deco-style typescript.

DPW CONDUIT

The middle part reminds me of a checkers board.

WATER METER

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Chicago’s sidewalks

Posted: August 27, 2010 in sidewalks
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Downtown Chicago has wide sidewalks that are great for strolling (and rolling).

Pigeons are a menace to sidewalks and pedestrians everywhere.

Not your run-of-the-mill planters.

Chicago’s manhole covers have a propensity for polka dots. 

Why are some of the dots hollow but not others?

CHICAGO SEWER

CWW

CITY

CITY

THE CITY OF CHICAGO SUBWAY

Over 85% of Warsaw was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. The Old Town section of Warsaw, now fully reconstructed, has wide, beautifully landscaped sidewalks.  On Sundays, some of the streets in Old Town are closed to vehicles, and I saw many families and students strolling leisurely.

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town

Cars were parked directly on the sidewalk, near Jana Pawla Avenue.

Planters prevent cars from taking over the sidewalk. (Jana Pawla Avenue)

Interspersed metal poles to keep cars away from the sidewalk. (Jana Pawla Avenue)

Warsaw Ghetto. The inscription along the sidewalk shows where the ghetto wall used to stand.

Warsaw Ghetto.

The Smartcar found a way.

Is that a lobster?

HYDRANT

The inscription looks like a made-up Chinese character.

In April 2010, Brasilia celebrated its 50th birthday as a city. When Brasilia was conceived, car was king. Even today, there are sections of the grand Monumental Axis (the equivalent of the National Mall in Washington DC) where there are no sidewalks for pedestrians. Along streets that lack  sidewalks, pedestrians have forged dirt paths.

Sidewalk leading to the Congresso Nacional (National Congress).

A dirt path near the Catedral Metropolitana (Cathedral of Brasilia).

Sidewalk-- and free curb-side parking-- along the Monumental Axis.

Sidewalk market near the Cathedral of Brasilia.

Public trash bin

Public space recycling

Sidewalk in a neo "Portuguese pavement" style. (The more traditional Portuguese pavement style is a tapestry of many small stones, whereas this sidewalk has long, thin pavers).

Portuguese pavement and sewer manhole cover.

manhole cover for a stormwater pipe (courtesy of Tia Mari)

stormwater manhole cover

BRASILIA DRE

(courtesy of M.)

another stormwater manhole cover

triangular mahhole cover (courtesy of M.)

A disintegrating sidewalk in Fez

Meknes

In Meknes- looks like there was money to repave the road but not fix the sidewalk that was probably broken up in the course of repaving the road.

Layoune, Western Sahara. Like in Meknes, there was a willingness to fix the road but not the sidewalk.

Marrakech

Casablanca

Casablanca. Too often, sidewalks were treated as dumping grounds.

Dakhla, Western Sahara.

Dakhla.