[NetBehaviour] Walking the Lots

Anthony Stephenson aps0loot at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 14:47:30 UTC 2021

> Walking the Lots
> https://youtu.be/RTJP-mQ4pIE video
> http://www.alansondheim.org/lots.jpg
> A long (51 minute) tape, Azure and I taking our usual walk
> through the lots downtown, with commentary. You will learn
> about a city increasingly gentrified, and you will understand
> the lots. Even the mullein's disappearing. Greenspace
> everywhere, the result of the movement of I-195 which cut the
> city in two, is being replaced by nondescript apartments and
> offices. We walk the route somewhat to avoid people, somewhat
> because it's everywhere. For me, the feeling is one of
> enormous compression and anxiety; there's nothing but pavement
> like clean rubble in a city erasing its past and denying its
> multi-cultural present.
> I don't expect anyone to watch this in full; you can skip
> around or let it run in the background; you can pretend you're
> there with us for an unknown purpose in an unknown city in an
> all too familiar state of mind. Watch what you can if you can.
> Thank you, and thanks to some British YouTube shows that have
> inspired this.
A few years ago, probably late one Saturday night, I was on a social
media site (probably Facebook or Twitter) when an ad came to my
attention for a book called “ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture
of Parking" by Eran Ben-Joseph – and for a great price! I ordered it.
But when it arrived it was a "Why did I buy this?" moment. Looking
back at my YouTube output, it looks like I may have just released my
"2 Roads & 2 Roads" video. Was it the algorithms? Or pure coincidence?
I don't know, but I've since gotten rid of it.
Also, with the coming and going of history, parking lots may someday
become less prominent. I've heard it speculated that in the future,
vehicle ownership will become increasingly rare. If someone needs to
go somewhere, they'll call for a car with an app.
- Anthony Stephenson

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