22.2.13

*** Sidewalk Weekend! ***

Sidewalk Rating: Treacherous
Philadelphia, by Franklin's time, answered less and less to the religious vision that William Penn had started off with. The city was becoming a kind of high-output machine, materials and labor going in, goods and services coming out, traffic inside flowing briskly about a grid of regular city blocks. The urban mazework of London, leading into ambiguities and indeed evils, was here all rectified, orthogonal. (Dickens, visiting in 1842, remarked, "After walking about in it for an hour or two, I felt that I would have given the world for a crooked street.") Spiritual matters were not quite as immediate as material ones, like productivity! Sloth was no longer so much a Sin against God or spiritual good as against a particular sort of time, uniform, one-way, in general not reversible -- that is, against clock time, which got everybody early to bed and early to rise.

[-Thomas Pynchon, nearer my couch to thee. from NYTRB.]



[Sidewalk sign at a West Side yoga studio obscured by fresh snow.]



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Upon the whole, sir, it is a pestilential, topsy-turvy, harum-scarum whirligig. Give me the old, solemn, straightforward, regular Dutch canal — three miles an hour for expresses, and two for jog-and-trot journeys — with a yoke of oxen for a heavy load! I go for beasts of burthen: it is more primitive and scriptural, and suits a moral and religious people better. None of your hop-skip-and-jump whimsies for me.
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Good luck trying to draw Minnesotans to Florida year round.  After all, loyal Minnesotans know that:

Minnesota is ranked the 2nd best state to live in.  Florida is 37th.
Minnesota is 1st in high school graduation rates.  Florida is 34th.
Minnesota is ranked the 4th healthiest state.  Florida is 44th.
Minnesota is ranked 19th in total pollution.  Florida is 45th.
Minnesotans average commute time is 17th lowest.  Florida is 40th.
Minnesota is ranked the 6th most educated state.  Florida is 36th.
Minnesota has the 3rd lowest poverty rate.  Florida is 27th.
Minnesota is ranked the 2nd best place to live in 2032.  Florida is ranked 46th.

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