Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lines of Desire

Detroit is a grid city. Maybe not as absolute as other American cities, but still, a grid city. To such and extend that in some of the most decayed areas of town, the grid (next to the electricity posts) is the only remnant of urbanism in an otherwise grassy expanse.

In every neighborhood whith empty lots new pathways emerge. A thin but vast network of dirt routes, overlaying and negating the asphalt grid. They call these lines desire lines. Lines of desire. The planned versus the practical. The designed versus the accidental.

It seems to suggest that where in the past, people took the city on in a straight foward way, these days, they seem to take it more diagonally..

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