Tuesday, 7 July 2009
What Will Be
Bike paths are such a fine thing. Not only do they make it easier to get around without using a car/bus/train, they lead you through the most marvelous of places: snaking around industrial sites, skirting around the edge of woods, straight along one of the roughest roads in your city ... I cycled along one today that did all the above. And it led me to a huge patch with one of those roads to nowhere. I found out that this land was owned by one company and now its been bought by another company for the purpose of building a massive new university campus.
And in the meantime, it just sits there. It isn't 'wasteland', that classic term that gets used so much but means nothing (or perhaps a whole bunch of inaccuracies). It is just waiting to be built on. So it's a bit like the business closing down and what remains; this is before the business opens up and what exists there already. Ties in somehow with the Small is Beautiful project. Liminality: it works both ways.
1 of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
2 occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Latin limen, limin- ‘threshold’.