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Sometimes I like to think about the city we’ll live in, not the one we have right now. We waste so much spaces on cars and storing cars that could be homes and stores and gathering spaces and gardens and parks instead. So I crop photos and fill in what’s out of scene myself: a plaza, ringed by raised garden beds where neighbors grow food and flowers, some tables and chairs, this small stage where sometimes people practice skateboard tricks and other times musicians jam and the kids in the neighborhood do impromptu talent shows. In the winter, a pop-up artists market where kids run competing hot cocoa stands and help the neighborhood elders move their chairs a bit closer to the bonfire. In the spring, people bring things out in the early evening to fix them… Not there yet. But we’re a city with potential in a world facing a climate crisis and the inhumane isolation of going from home to car to work to cartoon home. Our old world is falling away and we can choose to build a better world in response.

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