Not Lava. Just a sea of LED panels.
Who says you can't have a vibrant public place under an overpass? This place isn't conventionally good urban design, but it's full of life. In some ways, it's rewriting the rules. It's been enlightening to see so many places and things that challenge my understanding about what works and what doesn't in the built environment.
Among other things, this trip has helped show what 21st century infrastructure investment looks like. Not all of it is ideal; there are many, many cars and the roads are vast. The pedestrian experience is often marked by impossibly wide streets and long walking distances. But for every car, it seems that many more people choose to take the reliable, fast metro systems and protected bike lanes to get from place to place. Not to mention the high speed rail network, which is three times faster than driving, and all around #nextlevel.
We're eventually going to have a conversation about infrastructure in the United States. Will it be cringe-worthy or something to get excited about?
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