When I was young I would often travel along the familiar city sidewalks with my head down more often than up. “A bad habit”, as described by the oncoming pedestrians I’d occasionally bump into. But something about the cracks fissured along the weathered concrete and the occasional weeds that would pop out of these pockets captivated my attention. These sights were small treats along my travels.
Although I do not bump into pedestrians as often now, I still catch myself looking at these relationships between the micro landscapes and the cracks within the city’s infrastructure while walking. I am not only fixated on the resilience of the landscape growing between the cracks, but also the ephemeral opportunities these cracks provide.
As for myself, I observe the perpetual evolution of the city, the urban landscape changing towards a brighter tomorrow. Unfortunately, some sections of my city remain unused and unable to adapt to the changing surroundings, “cracks” within the city’s infrastructure. But like the cracks along a sidewalk, I like to think of these underutilized sections of the city as opportunities, a canvas of what can be. I believe in rethinking and repurposing parts of the city, a progressive agenda which offers a more comprehensive view of the city and best utilizes its resources. I believe a city can continue to evolve into something more cohesive, and that we can assign new purpose to these overlooked areas.
We just have to look for the cracks.