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An Illustrated History of All the Ways Urban Environments Can Control Us


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Where do you find freedom in your city these days?

Despite the various cultural freedoms that the city offers, I still feel a need to experience open space and nature, sans surveillance. In Montréal there are these amazing alleys that run behind the blocks. The houses all have "party walls" and so the alleys are hidden from the street. One particular alley may be my favorite place in Montréal. It's covered in grass and can't be seen by the street; cars can't enter. It's in the middle of an area with a noisy nightlife, but when you duck in there it's suddenly very quiet.

I never really thought about this before. Wow.

Jacksonville is a very open city, right?

It's an open city at night, yes.

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