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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The City that Never Sleeps / Mound City

I just got back from my first ever (albeit very brief) trip to New York City.

Here is a cell phone picture of SoHo to stand as incontrovertible proof that I indeed visited:

St. Louis can't compare to this, right? People, shops, activity in every direction. As a self-avowed urbanist, St. Louis should be quickly fading from my memory.

But it's simply not. While I was scrolling through my several cell phone photos of New York, I crashed abruptly into this one...

This was certainly not New York. In fact, it was definitely no where else but St. Louis. Little Midwestern St. Louis, a city of 355,000.

I can't explain it fully, but I brimmed up with pride in the moment of the realization: these unique red brick streetscapes are ours and, for the most part, ours alone.


STLgasm said...

Did you make it to Brooklyn? In my opinio, it's much more quintessential "New York" than Manhattan these days. Hope you enjoyed my 2nd favorite city in America.

Mark Groth said...

Soho has the coolest collection of fire escapes tham any other neighborhood I've witnessed.

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ablank said...

You came to NYC and didn't call? I'm very sad... :(

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