Let’s take this moment to pause at the end of a hot and incredibly dusty Summer of 2010, and consider the street-level human effects of the much vaunted Economic Recovery Plans on the state of our roads, and the resulting effects on our quality of life, both on and around them. At this point, our roads are clearly showing the ill-effects of being ravaged by all the government infrastructure stimulus projects of the past two years. Yet even under the duress of dealing with snarled traffic, and weaving and bouncing across a riding surface that now looks more like moon-rock than pavement, we’ve still seen some deeply encouraging signs of average People rising above these circumstances, and sharing experiences that provide us all hope for an ever evolving and improving Urban Experience. Even if our urban lives are still currently under the siege from the seemingly endless rounds of construction.
So let’s rundown a categorized list of surprisingly positive side-effects to having our roads torn up from underneath us, and then barely put back together again as road crews and contractors run off to milk their next cash-cow. Let’s starting with a blossoming new trend in Urban Art, and then touching on another paint-related development that has given us a very subtle yet powerful hint…at how the Future is shaping up.