Archive for October, 2010

EMBRATEL

21 EMBRATEL (photo courtesy of M.)

LIGHT SESA (photo courtesy of V.)

INCENDIO (photo courtesy of V.)

SABESP SP PASSEIO ESGOTOS ALDEBARA 1985 (photo courtesy of M.)

COMGAS NATURAL com Walter (photo courtesy of M.)

Netstream (photo courtesy of M.)

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Portuguese pavement is one of my favorite types of sidewalk.  I think it’s because Portuguese pavement has both function and style. In Sao Paulo, Portuguese pavement is seemingly everywhere.

The Wave. (photo courtesy of V.)

 

Alternating stripes. (Photo courtesy of V.)

Tetris.

More Tetris. (photo courtesy of V.)

From red to black. (photo courtesy of V.)

Semi-circles.

A clash of styles. (photo courtesy of V.)

The red ruler. (photo courtesy of V.)

This one is in some need of upkeep.

Even the bathroom got into the act. (photo courtesy of V.)

Miedzna is a village of 1,400 residents located about an hour east of Warsaw. The streets, laid out in a grid, mostly lack sidewalks.  

 

This sidewalk is in front of Miedzna's elementary school.

I previously posted pictures of DC’s historic manhole covers, dating back to the 19th century. Here are some water and sewer manhole covers of a more recent vintage.

SEWER

SEWER (3-ring variation)

SEWER DEPT DC

S

D.C. SEWER DEPARTMENT

D.C. SEWER DEPARTMENT (inverted D.C.)

D.C. WATER DEPARTMENT

I think it’s safe to say that New York is the most diverse city in the world, and the densest city in the US.  This translates to interesting sights and juxtapositions at almost every corner. Each of the sidewalks in today’s collection caught my attention for one reason or another.

Near Times Square, a former street has become pedestrianized.

A planter adds panache to a sidewalk near Little Brazil

 

 

The text scrolls right into the sidewalk

A close-up

A sidewalk is normally situated next to something else, namely a street or road. The “side” in sidewalk implies that it’s not the main event; it’s a sideshow.  A more accomodating, if looser, definition for a sidewalk is a path through which (mostly) pedestrians go through. 

High Line Park in Manhattan fits under the latter definition. Inaugurated in 2010, High Line is a unique concept that I hope gets replicated in other cities.  The park is located on the former site of an elevated freight rail line. The rail line sat unused for two decades, and there was talk of tearing the whole thing down, when a brilliant community member had the idea to turn the rail line into a park.

The well-manicured park is largely landscaped with native vegetation that was growing on the tracks after the rail line shut down.  The views from High Line are spectacular. The park is the equivalent of 3 or 4 stories off the ground, so you’re close enough to the street level to observe pedestrians, while being high enough off the ground to be able to take in sweeping vistas of the New York City skyline.  High Line currently stretches about ten city blocks. The second phase of the park, currently under construction, will extend the length of the park by at least another ten blocks. 

Looking up at High Line Park, from the street level.

 

A view of High Line Park

A part of the old rail line was kept in place.

Benches are plentiful.

  

The park is spurring new development in the surrounding streets.

Looking out into Phase 2 of High Line Park