Changing the Urban-scape

This past week, the sunshine and lovely weather in Dallas got me out a lot more, and as I walked down the sidewalk, I thought to myself how robotic and geometric the roads here are compared to the chaotic, meandering streets of Kolkata, Dhaka, London or Milan.

I recalled how some of the technology we use every day — Google Maps for instance — fail to serve their purpose in the complicated mess of older cities that grew unplanned.

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The Abnormal Normal

Normal isn’t really a yardstick by itself.

It’s a standard we create based on a stereotype.

In conversation, we’ll often hear people saying what is and what isn’t normal — like talking to yourself, being color blind or wanting to live alone isn’t normal. None of it means anything more than that the speaker has a smaller, homogenous sample size of acquaintances.

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