Saturday, August 07, 2010

Tyranny of the Ring Road
It sounds a bit operatic, but today as I took the long march out to buy a fotobox, I was struck by how much more of a barrier the road which encircles Lucca is, than the literal wall around the city. Having grown up in Los Angeles, it is not as though the number of cars is startling, nor the bleakness of some small sections that express a ghastly homage to Valley stripmalls, but it is the aggression of the cars, the speed and claim to the space that they exert that is unpleasant and irritating.

I thought it was all balanced out by my finding a bike that was being thrown out, but a stop at the bike repair shop where I was told that to fix it would cost as much as buying a new one by two men with cigarettes glued to their lower lips disappointed the promise of good karma.

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