Nairobi Sidewalk rants Urbanism

Sidewalks of the World

I am, thanks to the fact that I have no vehicle of my own at the moment, relearning the art of pedestrianism, 21st century style. Because my daily commute involves quite a bit of walking, sidewalks have become of interest to me. Sidewalks that work. Sidewalks that allow for heels and running shoes alike. Sidewalks that make walking enjoyable. Sidewalks that speak of tradition and craft and history. Sidewalks that my part of Nairobi currently does not have … yet. Ergo, my foray into the world of internet images to find some inspiration.

1. Portland, Oregon

Modern-day boardwalk in the city. 4 blocks worth.

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2. Portugal

Black and white basalt and limestone mosaic. Slick when it rains, but beautiful to behold.

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Sintra, Portugal. Click on image for source.

 

Lisbon Avenida sidewalk
Lisbon, Portugal. Click on image for source.

 

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Lisbon, Portugal. Click on image for source.

 

3. China

Feel like text-walking? You have a lane for that.

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Guides for the blind in Shanghai. Photograph by Tim Roman. Click for link.

 

4. Roma, Italia

Weather-beaten wonder.

Cobblestones in Rome. Click on image for source.
Cobblestones in Rome. Click on image for source.

 

5. Somewhere in Spain (where the rain falls mainly on the plain), courtesy of this blogger.

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6. Soho, NYC. A Francoise Schein installation.

Subway map on a sidewalk. Click on image for source.
Subway map on a sidewalk. Click on image for source.

 

7.  Manhattan, NY: The High Line

Who cares that it’s not really a sidewalk but an elevated walkway. It’s a walker’s paradise.

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Featured image sourced here.

 

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