Cities Have Layers: Like an Onion

One of the things I find fascinating about urban environments is the way they develop over time: layering the new over the worn, the advanced over the archaic, the contemporary over the dated. These layers build a rich history that can be read and understood by interpreting the physical environment.

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Sometimes we get to see these layers, like the rings of an old-growth tree or an onion sliced in half.

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On 6th Avenue, a thin skin of asphalt hides the historic cobblestone pavers. These cobblestones were exposed (and destroyed in the process) a couple days ago when the asphalt was scraped off for resurfacing. Soon they will be covered up again with steaming asphalt to hibernate for another generation.

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